Coming soon to a theater near you – artificial intelligence

In Minority Report, the 2002 Steven Spielberg sci-fi movie that takes place 50 years in the future, Tom Cruise plays an investigator with the “PreCrime” unit that collars “criminals” before they commit the crimes that three “precog” psychics predict they will soon commit. Now, as the Financial Times reports, China is tasking artificial intelligence (AI) to do something similar. “If we use our smart systems and smart facilities well, we can know beforehand … who might be a terrorist, who might do something bad,” Li Meng, vice-minister of science and technology, told the Times. Cloud Walk, the facial recognition company, is helping police develop the AI capabilities. It is already testing a system that analyzes an individual’s movements and behavior – especially visiting stores that sell weapons – and can alert police when the perceived crime risk enters the danger zone. “Of course, if someone buys a kitchen knife that’s OK, but if the person also buys a sack and a hammer later, that person is becoming suspicious,” a company spokesman said. “The police are using a big data rating system to rate highly suspicious groups of people based on where they go and what they do,” the spokesman added.…


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