Minority Report about to become a Reality in Washington, D.C.


Remember the movie, Minority Report back in 2002? It is about to become a reality in Washington, D.C. The Nation’s Capital  will soon be using the software that is expected to reduce the murder rate as well as other crime rates. If it works, this is an amazing development.

How Software Works to Predict Bad Behavior in Criminals

The software is currently in use in Baltimore and Philadelphia, and it works by predicting which people on probation and parole are the most likely to murder or be killed. Richard Berk of the University of Pennsylvania developed the software.

The latest version of the software goes beyond predicting murder only, and it now predicts other crimes. This software may actually influence sentencing as well as bail in Washington D.C. The parole officers will use the software to help determine the level of supervision required for a criminal on parole.

According to ABC News, murders are rare. In general the average rate is one murder for every 100,000 people. Some high risk groups do experience a rate of one out of 100. The rareness of murders has made them difficult to predict. However, now computer technology has helped make the predictions much more accurate.

The most predictive variables in crimes are the type of crime and the age at which the crime was committed. The software looks at about two dozen variables to make the prediction. Ultimately, this will raise many issues. Victims will be happy that high risk groups will be more vigilantly monitored. However, inmate rights groups will feel that this is harassment, which it may well be. The software seems like it would punish people for future crimes. It is a tough line to toe for sure.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

One Response to Minority Report about to become a Reality in Washington, D.C.

  1. It will be tough predicting who is going to commit what and at what day and time it will happen but lets see it happen first then it can be launched all over……….like to see that happen in Africa though!!!

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