Predictive Policing is Here

Posted By on February 3, 2016

In Predictive Policing is Here we look at some of the technological techniques used to predict where crime will happen. No, this isn’t minority report. It’s data crunching and predictive analytics with indicators of different crimes weighed against the risk of them happening in specific areas.

In 2016, predictive policing involves computer grids that map points with disproportionate criminal activity. HunchLab uses a tree based technique with a learning algorithm to assign risk to grid cells. Here’s how the system works.

And, here is a deeper discussion on policing technologies and environmentally contextual interfaces and their implications.


Nikolas Badminton is a world-respected futurist speaker that researches, speaks, and writes about the future of work, how technology is affecting the workplace, how workers are adapting, the sharing economy, and how the world is evolving. He appears at conferences in Canada, USA, UK, and Europe. Email him to book him for your radio, TV show, or conference.

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