BRITISH intelligence chiefs are developing a futuristic piece of technology that could use the vast amounts of data held online to predict when and where a terrorist attack may take place before it happens and have opened the project to computer scientists who can help create a ‘behavioural analytics’ system.

Millions of pounds are being spent on the project, titled Unblinking Eye, that uses cutting edge identification scanners to track and monitor individuals who are deemed a security threat. 

The cutting-edge system, which echoes scenes from science fiction film Minority Report, where police used psychic technology to arrest murderers before they act – will analyse human behaviour and make appropriate decisions to help defend the UK from attack and “avoiding dystopia”.

The Unblinking Eye will use micro-chips to filter and analyse data at rapid speeds, and to evaluate, predict and measure risks and probability outcomes within seconds

According to the Sun, computer specialists and engineers have been invited to work on the project for the British government with a fun of around £5million.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) have opened up a competition to find experts who could help “unlock the potential” to predict human behaviour from vast amounts of data they could upload online. 

The open-source initiative is open to all and will run until 2020, beginning with a series of workshops that will also act as a selection process.

They will also discuss the legal, ethical and moral implications of such a technology.

Officials admit that handling such large quantities of data will be “finding predictors in a haystack” – but believe that with modern computer wizardry it can be done.

A spokesman for Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA), who are overseeing the cross-government project, said: “There are huge amounts of data out there which give clues as to how we behave, as individuals, in groups and as a wider population.

“There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data uploaded every day and we are searching for a way to use it to predict people’s behaviour, not just here in the UK, but among our adversaries as well.”

The government also believe the technology could help the army when in conflict, and wish to build an international system that could predict attacks and invasions on a global scale. 

The DASA spokesman continued: “It will enable us to predict events and make interventions to prevent problems arising in the first place.

“At the most basic level, it should improve people’s judgements and help them with their decision-making process.

“It could, for example, help a commanding officer to make an informed decision to deploy or intervene in some way while out on the battlefield.

“This technology takes years to develop and we are looking to accelerate as rapidly as we can.”

Written by: JOE GAMP
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