Pre-Crime

“When whole communities like East L.A. are algorithmically scraped for pre-crime suspects, data is destiny, says Saba. ‘These are systemic processes. When people are constantly harassed in a gang context, it pushes them to join.’…

…’These cases are perfect examples of how databases filled with unverified information that is often false can destroy people’s lives,’ says his attorney, Vanessa del Valle of Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center.”

—Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman, and Jordan Robertson. “Palantir Knows Everything About You.” Bloomberg. April 19, 2018.

Nothing says small government conservatism like a surveillance state powered by dirty unverified data, black box algorithms, and an artificial intelligence that works for someone that believes death is optional and who takes ten years to destroy an organization for reporting on his sexual orientation. Hard to articulate how safe this makes me feel knowing this is going on in the background with next to no transparency or oversight.

Find that depressing? Try a Pre-Crime Comic.

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