This sounds a little like Minority Report to us. China is looking into predictive analytics to help authorities stop suspects before a crime is committed.

According to a report from the Financial Times, authorities are tapping on facial recognition tech, and combining that with predictive intelligence to notify police of potential criminals, based on their behaviour patterns.

Guangzhou-headquartered Cloud Walk has been trialing its facial recognition system that tracks a person’s movements. Based on where someone goes, and when, it hands them a rating of how at risk they are of committing a crime.

For instance, someone buying a kitchen knife is not suspicious. But if the same person goes and gets a hammer and a sack later, that person’s suspicious rating goes up, a Cloud Walk spokesperson told the FT.

The company’s software is tapped into the police database in over 50 cities and provinces, and can flag up suspicious characters live.

China isn’t the first country to tap on such technology; data has been used to predict crime in cities like Los Angeles and Milan for years.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/24/china-ai-crime-minority-report/?utm_cid=hp-h-1#zfurGnUTgqqU

 

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