What is the current state of computational social science and is it mature enough to be used for prediction? Despite being very deeply embedded in the discipline, I’d have to say “No.” I think we have some methods that can be used to map out a series of trajectories in social systems but we are a long way from being able to provide tight confidence intervals.
Just who do they think they are? Hari Seldon… ?
Great quotation in this article: “I am not saying that computational social science is voodoo science,” says Albro, a member of the American Anthropological Association’s Commission on the Engagement of Anthropology with the Security and Intelligence Communities. “I’m saying that voodoo science is all too frequently being generated from the work of computational social science.”