The 2002 film Minority Report, based on a story by Philip K. Dick, showed worldwide audiences the promise of an incredible future in which crime was predicted, and stopped, before it ever occurred. However, the concept, while cool, also seemed completely unrealistic – how could we actually go about predicting crime if we don’t have any freaky, psychic ‘precogs’ to do the predicting for us? It turns out that computer systems using mounds of crime data and complex algorithms have actually had impressive success in stopping crime before it happens by predicting where and when a crime is likely to take place. The ultimate crimonologist’s fantasy is inching closer to reality – but is it a good thing? As we all know, Minority Report didn’t exactly end well.
Created by: Criminology