Japan is planning to use artificial intelligence and big data for crime prevention


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Once again, Japan is taking advantage of the technological advances available to them. The country’s government is already discussing about the development of a crime prevention system using artificial intelligence and big data, as reported by The Japan Times.

Mami Kajita, developer of the data-analysis company Singular Perturbations Inc. says she hopes to “create a smartphone app for citizens in order to reduce the number of crimes, even if only slightly.” Since street crime prediction has been successful in Europe and the United States,  Kajita said that “We need to continue examining crime mechanisms unique to Japan.”

Kajita also reportedly researched on street crimes in Tokyo by studying the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s emails that entail cases like theft and molestation. Together with her own algorithm, Kajita was able to predict the areas where crimes were likely to happen. More improvement can occur if combined with data like weather, traffic, and even Twitter posts.

“The AI-based system would employ a ‘deep learning’ algorithm that allows the computer to teach itself by analyzing big data. It would encompass the fields of criminology, mathematics and statistics while gathering data on times, places, weather and geographical conditions as well as other aspects of crimes and accidents,” reports The Japan Times.

The Kanagawa prefecture reportedly announced that they will be the first in Japan to use predictive policing and aims to try out the system before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Aside from ensuring a safe way of keeping and gathering personal information, the system is also reported to have an information and communications technology just before the Olympics.

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