How Cops Are Using Algorithms to Predict Crimes | WIRED

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, May 22, 2018
  • The LAPD is one of a growing number of police departments using algorithms to try to predict crimes before they happen. Proponents of these tools say they provide cops with added tools to keep their cities safe -- but critics argue it's just another form of profiling.

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  • krectus

     (May 22, 2018)

    It's not so much trying to "predict" crime but putting officers in high-crime areas at high-crime times. Which is what police have been doing for decades, but I guess "computers predicting crime before it happens" is more of a story.

  • The Nutt Cracker

     (Jun 9, 2018)

    Bella Rain if you have to look hard just to see a city doing something wrong, then it's probably not that serious. They will also not stop going to all city's, they'll just send a few more at some.

  • The King

     (May 22, 2018)

    It's the minority report

  • James R

     (Jul 12, 2018)

    Yes, this country is a shithole, but making BS claims like you just did helps no one. Mentally ill people are the result of people that speak before they think, dysfunctional families, being overrun by their problems and bullies they aren't killers as much as the rest of the population. You can't punk mental health workers and tell lies by abusing information you still clearly don't understand. The best way to reduce violence in this country would be to send typical cop criminals to prison. Actual ...

  • Rick Sanchez

     (Jun 8, 2018)

    Yeah lets put a chip to track arabs latino and blacks or even youngsters.... What the hel dude this is wild. We're clearly not ready for meeting aliens lmaol

  • a a

     (May 22, 2018)

    I am Hispanic, I live in a predominately Hispanic area it is a low income area, there is a lot of crimes here it is a good idea. There is white people and people of color too it’s not racist it’s the fact the there is more crimes happening the police should have more police in area with more crime rather than an area with little to no crime it’s common sense.

  • Imorokr

     (Jul 9, 2018)

    I'm also Hispanic and I've noticed that a lot of violent criminals are Hispanic too. I think it only makes sense that police should get to search our personal belongings, in our backpacks or vehicles, and even get to plant drugs and weapons on us if they need to so that they can help keep the private prisons full, and so shareholders can reap the profits made off of our tax dollars. It only makes sense that they prey on us since we're statistically less educated and less likely to go to college or achi...

  • yerr

     (May 22, 2018)

    Captain America fought against this

  • Sergio Richardson

     (May 24, 2018)

    Yup Civil War 2, in real life. OOOH NO!

  • gubis imtihan

     (May 23, 2018)

    Hail Hydra

  • xApemanx

     (May 22, 2018)

    Its not racial profiling when the profiling is based off of crime statistics per area and not race per area.

  • Attano

     (May 22, 2018)

    Isn't this the subplot of Watch Dogs 2?

  • martin salazar

     (Jul 19, 2018)

  • JD Bond

     (Jun 2, 2018)

    No, it’s the plot of Minority Report.

  • Bryson L

     (May 22, 2018)

    They are not entering the persons race and ethnicity when entering information into their computer, they entering the crimes, location, and time. How in the world can someone ever find this not objective. The program spits out places and a time a possible crime can occur, if it happens to be in a predominately black/Mexican neighborhood than so be it. The program is not biased, it takes information and analyzes it and give results.

  • SangoProductions213

     (May 22, 2018)

    "Crime tends to happen in all areas."Yes. Totally. Crime happens everywhere. But where does it happen the most? Is it in that high-society, gated community that has experienced 30 crimes in 5 years, or in the slums of New York?Notice how there's absolutely no racial information given here. It's called statistical overlap.

  • Heather Larson

     (Oct 27, 2018)

    You can call me racist. But if given a choice, I want to avoid places that are full of black and muslims. Latin people are somewhat ok. But the best option is white and asian. That's my opinion.


     (May 22, 2018)

    Minority Report Came True?

  • handbr

     (May 22, 2018)

    Person of interest sequel?

  • martin salazar

     (Jul 19, 2018)


  • John Vanerick

     (May 22, 2018)

    Man what a good show that was.