UK Police Use AI System to Stop Crime Before It Happens…


Date: November 28, 2018

01) UK Police Use AI System to Stop Crime Before It Happens

“According to a report by New Scientist, the system is called the National Data Analytics Solution (NDAS) and works by using a “combination of AI and statistics” to assess the risk of someone becoming a victim of gun or knife crime, as well as them becoming a victim of modern slavery.

However, the measures that are taken once this system has identified an individual are “a matter of discussion” says Ian Donnelley, the lead on the project.

If this is sounding a little dystopian, your concerns are matched by the Alan Turing Institute. According to New Scientist, a report from the institute said there were “serious ethical issues” about whether such technology is in the public good.”

…..TAP-Net Website | Sub-Blog Archive

3 thoughts on “UK Police Use AI System to Stop Crime Before It Happens…

  1. feinmann0

    A further article here, this time by Edd Gent:

    “A major investigation by ProPublica in 2016 found that software widely used by courts in the US to predict whether someone would offend again, and therefore guide sentencing, was biased against blacks. Its not a stretch to assume that AI used to profile potential criminals would face similar problems.

    Bias isn’t the only problem. As the ACLU’s Ezekiel Edwards notes, the data collected by police is simply bad. It’s incomplete, inconsistent, easily manipulated, and slow, and as with all machine learning, rubbish in equals rubbish out. But if you’re using the output of such a system to intervene ahead of whatever you’re predicting, it’s incredibly hard to asses how accurate it is.”

    The sooner the police get off their arses, leave their technology behind and provide a physical presence within communities, the sooner we can all move away from the dystopian Brave New World law enforcement have created for us, and return to what we had in the past, a more humane one.

    1. eqfoundation Post author

      It is vital for the police to be of [and for] the communities they serve…which means being amongst the population…knowing their neighborhood[s]…

      You are correct…setting behind their keyboards, acting like glorified internet moderators [with a warped, twisted level of power], is about as unhealthy as “policing” could ever get.

      This is good for nobody.


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