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Google’s Search Data Can Predict If Someone Might Commit Crime Before It Happens
By Mikelle Leow, 07 Nov 2017
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Back in July, news of China developing a Minority Report-style AI—which would enable authorities to nab suspects before a crime was even committed—broke out.
If China’s technology isn’t creepy enough, you might be even more unsettled to learn that a tool you probably use on a daily basis could be on to your darkest and most secretive thoughts.
In his book Everybody Lies, former Google data analyst Seth Stephens-Davidowitz writes how the “eight trillion gigabytes of data” searched by people each day has allowed the company to predict behavioral patterns using just keywords.
In a previous interview, the author offered lighthearted cues indicating if a first date was going well and a second one would likely be in order.
Now, he opens up to Big Think about even graver conclusions Google can draw from a number of trigger words. These include whether someone could be lying, or if they’re a potential murderer.
However, the data expert disclaims that while people might take to the web to vent malevolent fantasies, not all of these thoughts are put to action.
“[A] lot of people have horrific thoughts or make horrific searches without ever going through with a horrific action.”
“So it may be that when we have all this data we think we’re just going to be able to figure out exactly who is a risk of committing a crime or doing something bad, but it may be… really, really, hard because a huge percentage of people look really, really, bad on paper but never go through with the action.”
Learn which keywords might send Google’s alarm bells ringing by watching the video below.
Video via Big Think
Video screenshot via Big Think
[via Futurism, video via Big Think, images via various sources]
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