Published on 30 Apr 2014 | over 2 years ago

All of Wake County lives inside his computer.

We are born. We die. We grow. We change. Society recalibrates.

It knows what time we wake up. What we've eaten for breakfast. How many kids (if any) we have. What we do on our weekends. There are all manner of variables.

As part of RTP's "Disrupt" series, Dr. Zeeshan-ul-Hassan Usmani, distinguished visiting fellow and our honored guest from Pakistan, has created a predictive simulation model built specifically around the microcosm of Wake County. Within his data banks, the real ways that people exist can be carefully mapped out in model-form.

He can pinpoint a suicide bomber. He can show us what a zero scarcity world looks like. And he can show us how policies can change our society -- before they're implemented.

In effect, with the power of predictive analytics, Dr. Usmani predicts our future -- before it happens.

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