Tuesday, August 1, 2017

This CIA-funded tool predicts crime before it happens

A 2002 film adaptation of a 1956 Philip K. Dick novel warned us of the dangers of predictive policing. In ‘Minority Report,’ Tom Cruise’s character played a cop in the Los Angeles Police Department’s pre-crime unit. The futuristic tale saw Cruise, an officer tasked with nabbing baddies before they committed crimes, ultimately question the morality of jailing criminals before they’d committed the offense. While Cruise’s character pulled back, law enforcement in the real world is pushing forward with the same type of technology. Palantir — a CIA-backed startup created, in part, by PayPal’s billionaire co-founder Peter Thiel in 2004 —…

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