Cops are already using computers to stop crimes before they happen, academics have warned. In a major piece of research called “Artificial Intelligence and life in 2030”, researchers from Stanford University said “predictive policing” techniques would become commonplace in the next 15 years. The academics discussed the crime fighting implications of “machine learning”, which allows computers to learn for themselves and then solve problems just like a human.

This technique will have a major effect on transport, healthcare and education, potentially bringing massive benefits as well as putting millions of jobs at risk. But in the hands of cops, AI has the potential to have a massive impact on society by allowing law enforcement to have an “overbearing or pervasive” presence. READ MORE