To many, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to prevent crimes and aid in sentencing criminals may sound like a scene from a science fiction movie. However, police forces in the UK — including Durham, Kent, and South Wales — are already using facial recognition and behavioural software to prevent crimes before they occur. Computer-driven evaluation frameworks are being used to inform custodial and sentencing decisions. The technology offers both huge promise and the prospect of a dark dystopia in seemingly equal measure.
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