Recorded Future API: Revealing Our Illusion of Past, Present and Future

Robb Miller
Aug. 06 2012, 11:00AM EDT

Einstein once said, “People like us…know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”  The Recorded Future API provides developers with tools they need to predict, and perhaps even affect (or perhaps even effect), the future.

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Everything we collectively see and experience is a whirl of information in our collective mind—the open web.  Recorded Future mines unstructured text from hundreds of thousands of sources-- online news publications, blogs, public niche sources, trade publications, government websites, financial databases-- and aggregates them to provide a picture of what the world looks like in the future.

Want to know what activities Apple has planned in the next 12 months? Or perhaps you are more interested learning key future FDA rates for Pharma companies, or even upcoming movie releases.  Recorded Future allows developers to explore the past, present and future of almost anything with powerful interactive tools.

With the Recorded Future API, developers can perform queries and receive results from an analytics engine across a vast set of events, entities, and time points spanning from the far past into the future. With the Recorded Future API you can tap into the live index of 150,000+ open web sources and retrieve data, sentiment and momentum scores for custom dashboards, apps and predictive models.

"We are thrilled to see the diversity of analytic approaches people have taken with our data repository. Today's analytic toolkit of web services, cloud based computing and predictive modeling software lets people do amazing things right away",  says company CEO Christopher Ahlberg.

The Recorded Future API supports JSON as the input and output format.  Check out the API Documentation at their Google Code page here.  You can also browse the code.

Robb Miller

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