The Crime You Have Not Yet Committed

Computers are better than people at predicting who might break the law. But not good enough.

Computers do it better.

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Computers are getting pretty good at predicting the future. In many cases they do it better than people. That’s why Amazon uses them to figure out what you’re likely to buy, how Netflix knows what you might want to watch, the way meteorologists come up with accurate 10-day forecasts.

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