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smriti • Nov 29, 2011

Pre-Social Network 'Jyotish' Predicts Where You Are Going

If Social Network brought people with same interests together virtually, Pre-Social Network just made them meet. Something like 'Minority Report', only this system doesn't predict crimes but a lighter fact, your next hang out place. This concept was designed at the Boeing's research centre at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. The system is named Jyotish, the Sanskrit name for Hindu Astrology.

The Boeing centre originally used it to predict the movement of its work crew but the system developers believed a larger potential lies in the system. Long Vu, one of the developers, explains the Jyotish working mechanism as 'mapping of people's movements'. The mapping is done by monitoring their Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections which have a range of 100 metres and 10 metres respectively. This circumference is small enough to pick user's locations and who they meet.

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This test was carried out by giving 79 people android smartphones and tracking their Wi-Fi activities. The detailed log was then accumulated and was used to create a mobile version of Facebook, one which allows people in the same area to create a "hang-out event". This could also be reverse engineered to create a hang-out event by people who are likely to be in the same location in future.

A major concern remains here that if the process is this simple, users' privacy could be compromised on, giving stalkers an upperhand. But as long as privacy is maintained, Pre-Social Network remains a great idea.

Now that's one 'Jyotish' you could place your bets on.

Article Source: New Scientist Image Credit: JonathanRosenbaum

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