U.K. police want to predict violent crimes using AI

Dec 07, 2018, 6:32 AM EST
(Source: West Midlands Police/flickr)
(Source: West Midlands Police/flickr)

The British police are planning to employ a system that relies on a combination of artificial intelligence and statistics to predict if someone is about to commit a violent crime such us gun or knife attack and to use this information to offer timely interventions.

The system, called the National Data Analytics Solution (N.D.A.S.), has been fed with more than a terabyte of data from local and national police databases, with which it found 1400 indicators to identify and flag an individual about to commit a crime, notes New Scientist.

On the face of it, the idea of thwarting a crime before it happens sounds impressive, but the system sets the alarm bells ringing for many. Data scientists aren’t sure whether the system can make the right decisions and even if it does, pre-emptive intervention without a crime being committed involves “serious ethical issues,” writes Mail Online.