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The real ‘Minority Report’

Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is a pure work of fiction. When that movie opened in 2002 many thought that the future won’t be like that but in reality, similar technologies are already available in present time.

The real ‘Minority Report’

Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report is a pure work of fiction. When that movie opened in 2002 many thought that the future won’t be like that but in reality, similar technologies are already available in present time.

I’m just not talking about the AR-powered computer that Tom Cruise uses in the film, but more likely the way how the movie prevents crime even before it happens. In reality that’s starting to happen – in fact, artificial intelligence is being used to predict crimes by the police.

The technology is currently being tested by the Chicago PD, specifically the South Side. A computer is given various crime locations and uses algorithms where it can help predict where a crime is most likely to happen. According to Reuters, using this technology the Chicago PD reported a 39 percent decrease year-on-year in shootings between January to July.

You may it find it hard to believe, but what seem to be a work of fiction is soon becoming a reality. Analyzing data from various areas, a control room where computers factor in eight elements where the computer will assign people a certain number from 0 to 500 where 0 poses no risk and 500 is a maximum risk.

Other details of the technology are being kept under wraps for obvious reasons, but just like in the movie the technology has its own critics, mostly on the fact that people are immediately given ratings based on what the AI deems necessary.

While the technology is still in its early stages, one can’t help but think if this advancements such as AI is for the better or for the worse.

Victor Philip Ortiz
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