Scientists at the University of Chicago are developing an algorithm that predicts crime with up to 90% accuracy by analyzing data and collected patterns.
Minority Report is a very popular science fiction film about a special scene unit that can arrest murderers as they commit crimes with the help of three clairvoyants known as Precogs, whose could foresee the impending murders. For audiences who like sci-fi movies with detective elements or fans of Tom Cruise, this is a great movie. However, the surprising thing is that recently, a team from the University of Chicago announced a research project that uses AI to predict crimes with up to 90% accuracy – just like what happens in movies. Minority Report. The system does not need clairvoyant staff, but only needs historical data to be able to predict the future.
Social and data scientists from the University of Chicago have developed an advanced algorithm that works by studying patterns of time and geographic location from public data on moral and property crimes . According to the University of Chicago, the new model “isolates criminals by considering the time and spatial coordinates of discrete events as well as detecting patterns to predict future events. It divides the city into spatial tiles about 1000 feet across and predicts crime in these areas instead of relying on traditional neighborhoods or administrative boundaries, which also subjective errors may occur.
Apparently, the accuracy of the algorithm under study is up to 90% and works not only for Chicago but also with data from seven other US cities: Atlanta, Austin, Detroit, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Portland and San Francisco.
Ishanu Chattopadhyay, assistant professor of Medicine at Uchi Chicago and author of the study, said they created two digital copies of the urban environment. If you give it data from what happened in the past, it will tell you what to expect in the future.
The model was tested and validated using Chicago historical data on two common types of crime, violent crime (murder, assault) and property crime (robbery, burglary). car). According to the recently published document, the test results are very positive. AI can accurately predict about 90% of future crimes.
It’s possible that this new technology hasn’t reached the level of Minority Report yet, but it seems likely that with continued development it will soon reach the same capabilities.
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