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-And if you're interested in seeing into your own future a few days or even a few years down the road, you might be unlocked.
Researches from Microsoft reported they're working on new software to help predict where we will be on-- at a precise time, on a specific date.
The program apparently named Far Out uses GPS data to learn about a person's routine and then it takes all that info and plots out a person's exact future whereabouts.
Joining us now is FoxNews.com's Science and Tech Editor Jeremy Kaplan on a skeptic that this kind of thing could actually work.
How does it work? -Well, it's actually pretty accurate.
-Well, it's based on a very simple premise.
Don't take this wrong but you're kinda boring and I'm kinda boring and we're all kinda boring.
-Basically, everyone does more or less the same things all the time.
We go home, we go to work, we go to the same store, maybe you go to a movie every now and then but it's the same theater.
And if you put all that information together, they have GPS as they put on a bunch of people to walk around and figure that out.
-And basically, we can predict that we're gonna do the exact same things.
If you're going to work now, you'll probably be at work tomorrow.
You're probably driving the same route home tomorrow night.
So, at 6:00 PM you'll be on route 22.
It kinda makes sense actually.
-It kinda makes sense but you know, people get new jobs, they have change of life experiences where they move or they have children.
Stuff happens and you can't say.
I mean, I can't say that five years from now I'm, you know, I'm gonna be right here where I am right now.
-A good point and the researchers say, astonishingly enough, that this thing can account for that.
If it notices that you're in San Francisco instead of in New York, -Right.
-it can accommodate for that and change around its predictions and we'll suddenly realize, hey, this guy is in San Francisco.
So, we've got this story on the heels of the NSA stuff that we just mentioned a moment ago.
Another story that we reported on today, the license plate tracking that allows police-- -Yup.
-to know where we are at any given moment and figure out our routines that way.
What's going on really? -Bottom line, the concept that you used to have a privacy is one that is old fashioned.
It is one, you know, five years ago, two years ago.
As time moves on, things change and what we used to think of is privacy.
I don't think we can really think of this anymore.
I mean, this Microsoft program, it works if you have a GPS on you at all times to track where you are so they can locate you.
-There's on in this phone.
There's one in your phone.
We all have GPSs on us.
So, you know, Microsoft, in theory, could suddenly start predicting where we all are.
Maybe that's okay, maybe it's not okay, depend on what they do with it but that concept of people aren't following us, we really have to think about what we want from privacy again these days.
-Well, as you said, I'm boring.
No one is gonna be interested in knowing what I'm doing.
-Jeremy Kaplan, Science and Tech Editor at FoxNews.com.
Jeremy, thanks so much.
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