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Chicago police are using big data to predict gun violence, Minority Report style

The CPD have made an algorithm that assigns ratings to people most likely to commit gun violence. The metrics the ratings are based on include criminal records and known gang affiliations, but the CPD say race and geography are not taken into account, reports the New York Times. The police say that 80% of people … Continue reading “Chicago police are using big data to predict gun violence, Minority Report style”

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The CPD have made an algorithm that assigns ratings to people most likely to commit gun violence. The metrics the ratings are based on include criminal records and known gang affiliations, but the CPD say race and geography are not taken into account, reports the New York Times. The police say that 80% of people arrested in connection with Chicago shootings this year were on the list predicted by their algorithm.

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