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Nitin S. , Observe think and then speak Nov, 25 2016

The practicality of something similar to Minority Report


I saw minority report yesterday itself and since then i have been thinking, can it be possible for some algorithms to predict if a crime is going to happen. We do have immense data in places like US/ EU and this experiment can actually take place there to see its possibility, however does it rule out the possibility of giving anyone a chance to be better or does it help us really predict the future and help us reduce crimes.

I saw minority report yesterday itself and since then i have been thinking, can it be possible for some algorithms to predict if a crime is going to happen. We do have immense data in places like US/ EU and this experiment can actually take place there to see its possibility, however does it rule out the possibility of giving anyone a chance to be better or does it help us really predict the future and help us reduce crimes.

Aravinth Srinivasan , Planning to start a startup in agriculture Nov, 25 2016


If we ignore for a moment that positive results of Big Data are so far elusive and that almost no benefits came out I want here to focus onto something else. The opening statement claims that we live in an age of anxiety despite the fact that we also live in in an age with more safety and security than ever since the dawn of civilization. Clearly this anxiety cannot be a result of higher crime, risk or danger but rather something else. In this sense, not things that reduce crime or improve safety can help us to alleviate the anxiety but only things that affect that something else.
If we ignore for a moment that positive results of Big Data are so far elusive and that almost no benefits came out I want here to focus onto something else. The opening statement claims that we live in an age of anxiety despite the fact that we also live in in an age with more safety and security t


Ronit , People with knowledge are celebrities Nov, 25 2016


Predicting is fine, but only good for preventing crimes by means other than arresting a suspect for a crime not yet committed. That’s where Minority Report fails.


Ronika , Intellectual Bengalan :P Nov, 25 2016


Analytical failures can stem from a lack of ground-level understanding of the data or processes being interpreted. It’s not all about the numbers. Oversight of predictive policing is necessary, but the problems can start further back. Algorithms can have the same problems as the analysts they replace, if the designers have no actual experience with the real-world targets of those algorithms.
Analytical failures can stem from a lack of ground-level understanding of the data or processes being interpreted. It’s not all about the numbers. Oversight of predictive policing is necessary, but the problems can start further back. Algorithms can have the same problems as the analysts they repl


Shantanu Karunesh , Inquisitive folk Nov, 25 2016


A computer algorithm that predicts crime is by its nature oppressive. It effectively attempts to target regions where we can restrict liberty is order to forestall potential criminality. In other words, it is the creation of an algorithmic prison, a system for monitoring and controlling people who have not yet commit crimes. It is a form of mass surveillance that like all mass surveillance has terrifying potentials. I can already imagine political parties in the US adapting this kind of ‘predictive policing’ to create more effective voter suppression.
A computer algorithm that predicts crime is by its nature oppressive. It effectively attempts to target regions where we can restrict liberty is order to forestall potential criminality. In other words, it is the creation of an algorithmic prison, a system for monitoring and controlling people who h


Ronit , People with knowledge are celebrities Nov, 25 2016


Not really, we are here using technology as a crutch to avoid dealing with the problems of actual people. The proper way to prevent crime in a Liberal society is to address individual problems so that people neither need to nor want to commit crime. Being able to predict and prevent crime means we do not have to think about individuals. We can sweep the roots of criminality under the rug and simply oppress the urge to criminality; we don’t have to deal with people qua people, we simply have to crunch the numbers and blissfully ignore the fact that people get crunched right along with them!
Not really, we are here using technology as a crutch to avoid dealing with the problems of actual people. The proper way to prevent crime in a Liberal society is to address individual problems so that people neither need to nor want to commit crime. Being able to predict and prevent crime means we d


Ashna Kaur , Engineer, Army Kid, preparing for Indian Army Nov, 25 2016


Precisely, vast majority of people living in areas of higher crime want to live hardworking, honourable lives as part of the mainstream of society. but that freedom is restricted by a relatively small number of people who, for whatever reason, strive to work in opposition to those goals and to restrict the freedoms of others to pursue a middle class lifestyle. historically, our attitude has been to incarcerate the troublesome few, but as it is recognized now, that strategy is failed, for it is self-perpetuating, as you imply. but people in higher crime areas are entitled to their rights and freedoms, and they wish to be rid of those troublesome few who threaten their safety and happiness.
Precisely, vast majority of people living in areas of higher crime want to live hardworking, honourable lives as part of the mainstream of society. but that freedom is restricted by a relatively small number of people who, for whatever reason, strive to work in opposition to those goals and to restr