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Friday, September 9, 2011

Punishment and Crime

Dignified leaders like advisors - its the despots that don't. In the eighteenth century Kant argued that we should punish because it is pointless - he did this by saying that trying to reform (educate) the individual or society does not respect their dignity because it treats them like a child, thus saying that punishment does not improve anyone1.

The Santa Cruz police department has been using a computer algorithm as an advisor as to when and where to look for crime. It has been eerily precise - it not only recommends a location but also a time to send patrols. As a result, the crime rate has dropped significantly; and we have learned that the layout of a city is a contributor to its crime rate.2 Researchers from UCL's Department of Security and Crime Science found that targeted patrolling did not result in crime being moved elsewhere - it lowered the rate of crime in the areas surrounding the targeted one3.

1There is actually some disagreement as to the interpretation of Kant's essay: http://philosophy.eserver.org/kant/critique-of-practical-reaso.txt
2this post has a clickable link to a New York Times article: http://singularityhub.com/2011/08/29/pre-cog-is-real-%E2%80%93-new-software-stops-crime-before-it-happens/
3http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-09-policing-knock-on-benefits.html

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