News  |    |  February 26, 2019

AI & Global Governance: Turning the Tide on Crime with Predictive Policing

News article by Odhran James McCarthy.
Published by AI & Global Governance Articles & Insights, United Nations University, Centre for Policy Research.


Artificial intelligence (AI) has taken the world by storm, becoming a marketing buzzword and hotly commented subject in the press. But it’s certainly not all hype. Over the last few years there have been several important milestones in AI, in particular in terms of image, pattern and speech recognition, language comprehension and autonomous vehicles. Advancements such as these have prompted the healthcare, automotive, financial, communications and many more industries to adopt AI in pursuit of its transformative potential. But what about the law enforcement community? How can AI benefit law enforcement and why might this be dangerous?

Law enforcement is an information-based activity. Intelligence, evidence and leads are gathered, processed and acted upon by police officers in order to prevent or control crime. Information – or data – on human behaviour is thus fundamental for law enforcement and the ability of AI tool to rapidly acquire, process and analyse massive amounts of such data makes AI a perfect partner for law enforcement . . .