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PC "predicts" crime, Philip K Dick rolls over in grave

Ryan Block , @ryan
Minority Report Precrime

Some things to remember about the police crime analysis system that predicted with, eh, some accuracy the time and place of a robbery in Yonkers, New York, which resulted in an arrest of two suspects. First is that the computer predicted the crime would happen on South Broadway, a very major thoroughfare in Yonkers. Second, the computer predicted the crime would occur in a window of four hours. So yeah, we'd probably agree that chances are between sundown and midnight someone's gonna get robbed on a big street in New York—ah, the miracle of modern computing.