(Pat Loeb) Â Judges in the Philadelphia court system are now taking advantage of powerful new computerÂ models to help determine how much jail time an offender should get.
Computers Â have been forecasting weather and economic trends for years, but applying algorithms to human behavior is relatively new.
His forecasts, which use an algorithm to predict whether someone will offend again, have been used by city probation and parole officers for about three years, to decide how much supervision a defendant needs.
Philadelphia Common Pleas Court administrative judge Pamela Dembe says the results there convinced her that the computer model could also be a useful tool in determining sentences.
â€œItâ€™s not an automatic sentencing project or anything like that,â€ she explains.Â â€œWeâ€™re just looking for additional sources of information in hopes that we get the sentencing right.â€
Berk, the Penn professor, says the process is not perfect but he believes it will be better than current court practice.
Well nobody can obviously say this is a conspiracy theory any more. Not when an actul city in a real state is using it and it's up and running.
Many times I have posted before how they were eventually going to sentence people based on thier thoughts is what it basically comes down to.Â So nope your not doing anything wrong but you might be thinking about it,Â or how about the neighbors dog who just royally ticked you off what you might like to do to the even though you certainly wouldn't act upon it.
I can be the nation isn't going to like this one much no matter what side your on. Becuase now you will be scarfed up, and this type of arrest is going to happen soon just in the streets because there are plans to put these in public areas so it can pick up those so called " pre crime thoughts".
We can say we tried to warn everybody, but sadly enough the people who know where technology is and where it is going know why these types of machines are possible.Â if they can make a speck of dust which can spy on people , imagine how they can do much more than that.
======================================================Homeland Security moves forward with 'pre-crime' detection
Internal Homeland Security document indicates a program to predict criminal intent is being tested on members of the public, raising questions about whether it's a bit too close to a real-life Minority Report.
An internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates that a controversial program designed to predict whether a person will commit a crime is already being tested on some members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.
If this sounds a bit like the Tom Cruise movie called "Minority Report," or the CBS drama "Person of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author Philip K. Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing, and heart rate to "detect cues indicative of mal-intent."
The latest developments, which reveal efforts to "collect, process, or retain information on" members of "the public," came to light through an internal DHS document obtained under open-government laws by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. DHS calls its "pre-crime" system Future Attribute Screening Technology, or FAST.
"If it were deployed against the public, it would be very problematic," says Ginger McCall, open government counsel at EPIC, a nonprofit group in Washington, D.C.