Can artificial intelligence solve the mystery of who betrayed Anne Frank?
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A team of investigators believe that artificial intelligence could help solve a case which has baffled historians. Forensic investigators will use cold case techniques and AI to answer the question: Who betrayed Anne Frank? The teenager, famous for the diaries documenting her time in hiding in the German-occupied Netherlands in the Second World War, was arrested in 1944 after more than two years in hiding at Prinsengracht 263 in Amsterdam. “What led to the arrest remains unclear to this day. Betrayal seemed to be the only logical conclusion, but by whom and why?” asks the team. The team includes former FBI agent Vince Pankoke who was previously honoured for tracking and investigating Colombian drug traffickers and who went undercover to infiltrate Wall Street criminals. He will be working with Dutch big data company Xomnia, which will apply its new analysis techniques to his findings. Marius Helf, chief data scientist with Xomnia, said: “Xomnia is building an information storage and retrieval system that allows the researchers to record any information they find in the historical archives. “Our software allows them to search the data and visualise it (in) new ways. This has already led to a few new traces. In the future, we plan to make the systems more intelligent, in the sense that it will be able to automatically connect persons, events and places.
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