Japan considers crime prediction system using big data and AI

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The government and the police are discussing the idea of developing a computer system that can predict street crime by utilizing big data and artificial intelligence.

JIJI, AFP-JIJI, KYODO

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They hope such a system will be able to show them where and how to take greater measures to prevent crime.

Street crime prediction “has already achieved results in Europe and the United States,” said Mami Kajita, who established the data-analysis company Singular Perturbations Inc. last year in hopes of developing a Japanese version of the methods used in the United States.

In some parts of America, the police have ramped up patrols in areas where AI-based systems predicted crime was more likely to happen, achieving a reduction of 20 percent on average, Kajita said.

A more cautionary tale comes from China, where the government is racing ahead to use big data and facial recognition technology to surveil the population.

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