AI profiles predict crimes fast but can discriminate against the poor

Five Ways to Shift to AI-First
  • Age-old biases are being hard-wired into new age tech in predictive and profiling AI systems
  • Indian police have also moved to using AI-based technology in efforts to control crimes
On 1 March, more than 40 civil organizations called on European governments and lawmakers to ban Artificial Intelligence(AI)-based predictive and profiling systems while fighting crime.
The call comes amid attempts by the European Union to regulate the use of AI in its upcoming Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA).

Civil society organizations believe AI systems in law enforcement, especially in the use of predictive and profiling, discriminate against the most marginalized in society, infringe on liberty and fair trial rights, and reinforce structural discrimination.

“Age-old discrimination is being hard-wired into new age technologies in the form of predictive and profiling AI systems used by law enforcement and criminal justice authorities. Seeking to predict people’s future behaviour and punish them, for it is completely incompatible with the fundamental right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. The only way to protect people from these harms and other fundamental rights infringements is to prohibit their use.” said Griff Ferris, legal and policy officer, Fair Trials in a statement.

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