Anticipating the future through vocabulary

HatebaseA new database project attempts to identify impending genocide by spotting key textual indicators.  It’s crowdsourced, called Hatebase, and a co-sponsor describes it like so:

Hatebase, an authoritative, multilingual, usage-based repository of structured hate speech which data-driven NGOs can use to better contextualize conversations from known conflict zones.

A fascinating idea, one part digital humanities, one part pre-crime.  It can also be localized, as a

critical concept in Hatebase is regionality: users can associate hate speech with geography, thus building a parallel dataset of “sightings” which can be monitored for frequency, localization, migration, and transformation.

(via Slashdot; cross-posted to Scanning for Futures)

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5 Responses to Anticipating the future through vocabulary

  1. John Lawler says:

    Run by the Department of Hate Sciences at Unknown University, no doubt.

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