Predictive Policing (8)

Use of technology in attempts reduce crime, sometimes before it even happens

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  • Kinolab
  • 2002
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Trusting Machines and Variable Outcomes

In the year 2054, the PreCrime police program is about to go national. At PreCrime, three clairvoyant humans known as “PreCogs” are able to forecast future murders by streaming audiovisual data which provides the surrounding details of the crime, including the names of the victims and perpetrators. Although there are no cameras, the implication is that anyone can be under constant surveillance by this program. Once the “algorithm” has gleaned enough data about the future crime, officers move out to stop the murder before it happens. In this narrative, the PreCrime program is audited, and the officers must explain the ethics and philosophies at play behind their systems. After captain John Anderton is accused of a future crime, he flees, and learns of “minority reports,” or instances of disagreement between the Precogs covered up by the department to make the justice system seem infallible.

  • Kinolab
  • 2002
  • 12 min
  • Wired
  • 2018
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How Cops Are Using Algorithms to Predict Crimes

This video offers a basic introduction to the use of machine learning in predictive policing, and how this disproportionately affects low income communities and communities of color.

  • Wired
  • 2018