Big data is going to shape our future cities. Will it treat us all equally?

Based on historical police data, the software was trained to forecast where crimes were likely to occur, explained data scientist Cathy O’Neil in her book Weapons of Math Destruction.

Whether you think this is sensible or a bit creepy, it poses some big questions. Do we want software making decisions, on our behalf, about police resources? What about infrastructure? Train timetables, school locations, roadwork? As our urban populations grow and get increasingly connected, we are generating a big data deluge.

Author: Ariel Bogle


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