(Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst, served as National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, Chief of Station in Asia and the CIA's Director of Public Affairs.) The best qualification of a prophet is to have a good memory, George Savile wrote three hundred years ago. In musing about prophecy, of course, Savile was talking about the 17th century's equivalent of forecasting. Little did he know that prophecy's 21st century versions would rank survey skills, algorithm writings and wrangling big data way above recall in their descriptions of the job.
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