Data Mining

Does data-mining point to dystopian future?

As with most futuristic movies, the plot from “Minority Report” seemed a bit far-fetched. Police psychics dispatched officers to arrest perpetrators of crimes before they actually took place. Eleven years after its release, though, the movie seems remarkably prescient.

“(Fresno Police Chief) Jerry Dyer is betting he soon will know what criminals will do before they decide to break the law,” reported the Fresno Bee in an August news story detailing that city’s new command center. It uses supercomputers to build profiles so, as the chief said, “you can logically predict where crimes are likely to occur the next day.”

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