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DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project 438

Posted by Soulskill
from the somebody-warn-tom-cruise dept.
suraj.sun tips news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun testing its project to predict future crimes on members of the public. The Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) project is "designed to track and monitor, among other inputs, body movements, voice pitch changes, prosody changes (alterations in the rhythm and intonation of speech), eye movements, body heat changes, and breathing patterns." A field test was performed at a large venue earlier this year, and documents recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate that testing is proceeding on other members of the public as well. "It's not clear whether these people were informed that they're participating in a FAST study."
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DHS Goes Ahead With 'Pre-Crime' Detection Project

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  • Re:Minority Report (Score:4, Informative)

    by yog (19073) * on Friday October 07, 2011 @11:46AM (#37639650) Homepage Journal

    It can't happen as long as we presume innocence until proven guilty.

    The DHS is reaching for new ways to achieve visible results without doing the hard work of battling for the budget needed to hire and train really smart, perceptive people for sensitive posts like TSA agents at airports.

    When machines get smart enough to predict someone's future crimes, we're all going to be unemployed, anyway.

  • Hey DHS, read much? (Score:5, Informative)

    by milbournosphere (1273186) on Friday October 07, 2011 @11:47AM (#37639662)
    I REALLY hope somebody in the higher echelons of the DHS sits down to read a copy of The Minority Report by Phillip Dick. Like the movie based upon it, the story explores the implications of enacting just what the DHS is suggesting. Granted, they're using cameras and screening tech instead of pre-cogs, but IMO they are still are promoting a powerful military force to reach a similar end game. What's happening to this country?
  • Re:So basically... (Score:4, Informative)

    by BetterSense (1398915) on Friday October 07, 2011 @12:19PM (#37640174)
    It's already a long and glorious tradition. Law enforcement routinely maintain policies that fuck over anyone outside the bell curve in any way. How many times have people been shot for "ignoring police commands"? Well if police can shoot you for ignoring them, what about deaf people? I guess they are just fucked.

    Consider these recent google hits:
    John T. Williams (shot to death for failing to respond to police commands quickly enough, deaf in one ear)
    Robert Dziekański (tasered to death for being Polish, apparently)
    Michelle Schreiner (tasered during a low-blood sugar attack)
    John Harmon (repeatedly tasered and beaten during a blood sugar attack).

    I'm sure all those people were "responding abnormally" which is, or soon will be, effectively illegal in itself.
  • by Fallen Kell (165468) on Friday October 07, 2011 @12:31PM (#37640326)
    What country do you live in? Because in the USA everyone is guilty of some crime because that is the way the system works.

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