Originally published by Scientific American Predictive policing uncovers racial inequity, which it threatens to perpetuate – but, if we turn things around, it also presents an unprecedented opportunity to advance social justice. Law enforcement’s use of predictive analytics recently came under fire again. Dartmouth researchers made waves reporting that simple predictive models – as well as non-expert humans – predict crime just as well as the leading proprietary analytics software. That the leading software achieves (only) human-level performance might not actually be a deadly blow, but a flurry of press from dozens of news outlets has quickly followed.
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