Professor Andrew Ferguson was quoted in CitiesToday on predictive policing, a new law enforcement strategy to reduce crime by using sophisticated computer algorithms to predict criminal activity before it happens.
Prof. Ferguson says, "The collection of the data and the inputting of the data are rife for either mistake, error or manipulation. It's going to be very difficult for courts to analyze it as a whole new world of expert testimony will be needed to see whether or not the data is correct. Algorithms will have to be revealed, and they're going to have to have people understand what algorithms can actually do and mean to be able to evaluate them in court.
An officer is going to say, 'Look, I went to a particular place because the computer told me to go to that place. Without some way of cross examining a computer or evaluating why this algorithm told them to go there - or whether it's accurate - is going to be a weighty factor."