Artificial intelligence has long been able to create what was previously considered science fiction. This was once again proven by scientists at the University of Chicago: they created an algorithmable to predict crimes a week before they are committed.
To make this possible, data on thousands of previously committed crimes had to be uploaded into the system: murders, robberies, attacks, break-ins and thefts. After that, the algorithm, dividing the city map into squares, reports with a success rate of 90% what will happen in a certain area.
The mechanism was tested in a number of cities: Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco. Everywhere, the algorithm analyzed the temporal and spatial coordinates of individual events and found patterns to predict future crimes.
The description is very reminiscent of the movieSpecial opinion”, filmed by Steven Spielberg in 2002 based on the story by Philip K. Dick. However, the creators of the algorithm do not think it should be used to prevent crime.
They worked on the crime prediction mechanism primarily to show the bias of the US police and the resulting inefficiency. According to their observations, in wealthy areas, outbreaks of crime give rise to a wave of arrests, as for poor areas, such a pattern is not observed there.
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