Hitachi Says It Can Predict Crimes Before They Happen

“No doubt the precogs have already seen this,” says Chief John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise), head of Washington, D.C.’s experimental “Precrime” crime-prediction department in Minority Report, the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie based on Philip K. Dick’s 1956 short story (which is also now a new Fox TV series). Of course, no one has found a trio of psychic mutant “precogs” who can unanimously foresee future crimes, but Hitachi today introduced a system that promises to predict where and when crime is likely to occur by ingesting a panoply of data, from historical crime statistics to public transit maps, from weather reports to social media chatter. Hitachi says that “about half a dozen” U.S. cities will join a proof of concept test of the technology beginning in October,…


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