New digital billboards are about to appear on our streets which will be able to predict the type of adverts that myabe of interest to us. Simon finds out whether they will ever reach the technical sophistication of those featured in the film, Minority Report.
Twitter used to predict the markets
Studies have found that Twitter is a good gauge of mood. Hedge funds are using this to make money. By analysing Twitter feeds they are able to predict whether the market will move up or down. Simon meets Professor Johan Bollan the man behind this technology.
Predictive text - the next level
With the explosion of touch screen and keyboards for smart phones there is a revolution in this area of technology. Simon speaks to Dr Ben Medlock who has built an app which personalises predictive text for all of our digital devices.
Digital devices made out of DNA and bacteria
Researchers at Imperial College have been working on building digital devices from bacteria and DNA. The hope is that these could swim inside our arteries and detect things like the build up of plaque or even make sensors that detect and destroy cancer cells.
Robo World Cup
Being good at sport is often about predicting what you're opponent is going to do next. At Edinburgh University the school of informatics have been grappling with this problem but with an added twist. They have been developing a robotic football team to take part in the Robo world cup next year.