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GE Wants to Give Industrial Machines Their Own Social Network With Predix Cloud

GE is selling a new service that promises to predict when a machine will break down…so technicians can preemptively fix it.

An airplane’s “black box” flight data recorder helps investigators understand how a crash happened. But with ubiquitous sensors and the ability to analyze petabytes of data online, technology could some day predict how future crashes will happen, and how to prevent them. “I don’t want to promise that we will build it…but it is definitely possible,” says Harel Kodesh, manager of GE’s Predix cloud-computing service.

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