“The police department in Santa Cruz, California, has begun an experiment that uses a mathematical algorithm to predict when and where certain crimes will be committed, and puts police on the scene before they happen. So far police have arrested five people using this technique of “predictive policing” and the rates of certain categories of crimes in the city have dropped significantly, perhaps as a result. The program has correctly predicted 40 percent of the crimes it was designed to monitor.”
Next week’s headline: five people arrested for precrime.
Man arrested for attempted murder: mathematical algorithm proves that he was going to eventually kill his wife.