Ronald Bailey on the Brave New World of Predictive Policing


Predicting murder no problem - divorce is another matter.

Researchers at UCLA claim to have developed computer programs that can predict not whom will commit a crime, but at what locations they are likely to occur. Police in Los Angeles say that the computer program has reduced property crimes by 13 percent. Is it a short step from here to the dystopias of Minority Report and Person of InterestReason Science Correspondent Ronald Bailey ponders some of the liberty implications of predictive policing.