Should AI play an ever-growing role in tackling crime?
AI in Emergency Calls: AI used in emergency calls can enhance efficiency, as demonstrated by a trial with Humberside Police, saving operator time during domestic abuse situations.
Facial Recognition Technology: Despite advancements, facial recognition technology, especially in the US, has faced criticism for inaccuracies and bias, particularly against black faces.
Policing Minister's Directive: In the UK, the Policing Minister urged an increase in the use of retrospective facial recognition technology, sparking debates about privacy and accuracy.
Independent Testing: The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) conducted independent tests on facial recognition technology, noting improvements but acknowledging potential racial bias.
Ethics Committee: West Midlands Police established an ethics committee to evaluate new tech tools, focusing on the validity and ethical implications of facial recognition.
Crime Prediction with AI: AI's potential to predict crimes raises concerns about biased historical data, with critics highlighting the risk of reinforcing arrest likelihood rather than crime prediction.
Feedback Loop Concerns: Predictive policing using AI may create a feedback loop, basing predictions on limited information and potentially overlooking crucial aspects of individuals' lives.