Social scientists at the University of Chicago claim that they have created an algorithm capable of predicting crime in U.S. cities that has a 90% accuracy level.
What's even crazier about this algorithm, it supposedly can predict crimes up to a week before they take place.
The algorithm has already been tested using data from Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. So far, the results are looking good and this success has illustrated just how powerful algorithms can be for things other than social media and advertising.
The new algorithm is significantly more effective than older prediction models.
Ishanu Chattopadhyay, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Chicago, said that "It is hard to argue that bias isn't there when people sit down and determine which patterns they will look at to predict crime because these patterns, by themselves, don't mean anything. But now, you can ask the algorithm complex questions like: 'What happens to the rate of violent crime if property crimes go up?"
Of course, there are still major questions to be answered and it remains to be seen how Americans will react to an algorithm predicting crime and the implications that would follow.
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