Minority report: Hitachi to test predictive crime system this October

9. 30. 15 by Pat Medina
The Breakthrough

The Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics system gathers heaps of data from media like weather reports and even social media to find patterns using machine learning. The system doesn’t require a human to configure this data, as it will correlate it and figure out patterns on its own. It works within a 200-square meter radius, and it will attempt to identify the levels of crime threat in a certain area.

The Implications

Its trial run in police departments in unspecified cities will try to answer questions regarding its accuracy and its ability to distinguish innocent citizens from criminals. Additionally, Hitachi plans to share the trial results to the public so that they could also take part in deciding which circumstances pose as threats. The company also hopes that this will reduce incidents of biased police profiling by providing policemen with sufficient data to help them fairly do their jobs.

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