In 2002, based on the work of Philip dick, the film “Dissenting opinion”was released. It described a future in which a special system predicted crimes before they were committed and suppressed in this way. Then the systems based on artificial intelligence nobody even thought about it, but today with the advancement of technology the motion picture the start of zero no longer seems a fantasy. Moreover, the UK police launched a project in which the AI will do about the same as in the film “Dissenting opinion” — to identify offenders before they broke the law.
According to New Scientist, the new system was named NDAS-National Data Analytics Solution. It uses information from local and national police databases for its work. Ian Donnelly, project Manager, said they had collected more than a terabyte of data from these systems, including data on crimes committed and information on about 5 million people.
The NDAS has 1,400 characteristics that can help identify someone who could potentially commit a crime. According to these parameters, people in the database are marked by the algorithm of the system as prone to violent actions and will receive a “risk assessment”, which indicates their chances to commit a serious crime in the future.
The police Department of the West Midlands (County in the West of England) is already using this project in a test mode and will apply it until March 2019. It is also planned to connect 8 other police departments of great Britain to the project. The head of the project Jan Donnelly said the following:
“We do not plan to arrest anyone before they commit a crime, we want to use the system as a “consultant” in order to be ready for anything. Recently, there has been a reduction in police funding, so something like NDAS can help streamline the process.»