Anyone who’s seen the Tom Cruise movie “Minority Report” is familiar with the premise:
Computers use programs to “predict” who will most likely become a threat to society or criminal. Of course, in the movie, the programs are flawed. And, apparently, so are they in real life.
ProPublica recently ran an enlightening story about police departments and courts across the nation using flawed and inaccurate programs to attempt to predict future crime. And, wouldn’t you know, that the programs are racist?
Would use of this (or similar) biased computer programs explain the seeming rise in police brutality cases of unarmed minority civilians and the rise of Black Lives Matter (and the subsequent retaliatory creation of “Blue Lives Matter” legislation)? Or are the two unrelated?
Seems like it would be difficult if not impossible to separate the “predictive” technology being biased and flawed from police departments across the nation shooting unarmed civilians of color, but is it?
Here’s a link to the entire article.