WHAT IS IT?
The Santa Cruz Police Department is experimenting with a computer program that predicts where crimes will occur, and deploying its officers to those places.
WHY IS IT RELEVANT?
So far, this program has helped the Santa Cruz Police Department “pre-empt several crimes and has led to five arrests.” Think of the impact on crime as this software’s prediction software gets better. And as prediction models in general improve, think about how it could impact areas like transportation (traffic, auto safety), finance (stock trading, estate planning), and natural phenomena (earthquakes, tornados).