One Step Closer To Minority Report: We Know Where Crime Will Happen

from the time-to-go-somewhere-else dept

Earlier this year, we had a story that claimed some police had used some data mining software to predict a mugging, though the details on the story were incredibly vague -- leading to plenty of questions about just how legitimate the story really was. However, police are clearly interested in this Minority Report-style software. Police in Richmond, Virginia, are now getting their very own data mining solution to help them predict crime, though it's less about predicting single instances of crime, but noting general patterns and suggesting where police might want to go. It's not a bad idea to use the data in this way, but you always get concerned that when people become too reliant on the data, mistakes tend to happen.

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    giafly, 9 Nov 2005 @ 3:18am

    The Usual Suspects

    O: (The senior police officerís voice has a cutting edge.) Come in, shut the door. Now then, Savage, I want to talk to you about some charges that you have been bringing in lately. I think that perhaps youíre being a little overzealous [[a little too keen]]... Savage, why do you keep arresting this man?
    S: Heís a villain, sir.
    O: A villain ...
    S: And a jailbird.
    O: (exploding) I know heís a jailbird, Savage. Heís down in the cells now. We are holding him on a charge of possession of curly black hair and thick lips.
    S: Well, ... well, well, well there you are, sir.
    O: You arrested him, savage!
    S: (stupidly pleased) Thank you, sir.
    O: Savage, would I be correct in assuming that Mr Cudoogo is a coloured gentleman?
    S: Well, I canít say Iíve ever noticed, sir.
    Constable Savage script

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