The Minority Report is Here – says China!
Wednesday 27th September 2017 | Grace
The 2002 film, Minority Report, is a sci-fi thriller starring Tom Cruise about a policeman and his team who manage to detect crimes before they happen.
Although this fantasy is set in the future, China believes that they now have the artificial intelligence to do just this and stop misconducts before they have even been committed.
This will work by using certain ‘crowd algorithms’ along with suspicious behaviour and working with Cloud Walk, a facial recognition firm.
So, for example, if a person went into a ‘high-risk’ weapon shop, then that would be the first indicator that they are up to something. If that same person then went and bought a mask and was hanging around the same area, then these would all be signs that a crime was about to happen and the police would go to stop this.
However, the question has to be asked, is this a great move forward in the protection of citizens, or is it a huge invasion of privacy that has potential to increase problems and target the wrong people for the wrong reasons?
Only the future will be able to tell.