What if crime could be stopped before it even happened? What would the world look like? Thanks to AI, researchers from Stanford University are predicting that this will be a reality in 15 years. The term used to describe this style of crime-fighting is called “predictive policing.” Through “predictive policing,” artificial intelligence machines will identify pre-existing trends associated with crimes, and use that information to prepare. For example, if an AI sees a person walking alone in a dark alley, the machine might use this as information to predict a robbery and prepare accordingly. This type of policing can be viewed in a positive light, seeing that it can increase the safety for everyone. However, it can also be viewed negatively if we look at it through the lens of privacy. If you think about it, this type of policing is incredibly overbearing. It sees your every move… are we going to be okay with that? What a lot of people don’t know is that this kind of surveillance is already a reality. The only difference is that now, the decisions to act can be made quicker, and hopefully more accurately.