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Google Maps Help Predict Meth Labs Before They Open

The same maps that can help you find your way to the mall can help the police predict where meth labs will pop up next. Here’s a look inside the strange, fascinating world of geospatial predictive analysis.

Google Maps is a lifesaver. But the mapping technology behind Google Maps isn’t just good for highway directions and bike routes; it can also find methamphetamine labs and track gang activity. Experts in the growing field of geospatial predictive analytics use cutting-edge algorithms and data analysis techniques that can do everything from predicting terrorist activity to preventing auto theft.

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