You guys thought Minority Report was a joke?
New crime prediction software being rolled out in the nation’s capital should reduce not only the murder rate, but the rate of many other crimes as well.
Developed by Richard Berk, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the software is already used in Baltimore and Philadelphia to predict which individuals on probation or parole are most likely to murder and to be murdered.
Here is the first 9 minutes of Minority Report. Someone has uploaded the movie you can check out the rest of it here.
In his latest version, the one being implemented in D.C., Berk goes even further, identifying the individuals most likely to commit crimes other than murder.
“When a person goes on probation or parole they are supervised by an officer. The question that officer has to answer is ‘what level of supervision do you provide?'” said Berk.
It used to be that parole officers used the person’s criminal record, and their good judgment, to determine that level.
“This research replaces those seat-of-the-pants calculations,” he said.