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Minority Report-style AI used by courts to predict whether criminals will re-offend is ‘no more accurate than untrained humans’

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January 19, 2018

A computer that is used to determine if a criminal is likely to reoffend in courtrooms is ‘no more accurate than untrained humans’, claim scientists.

Used across the United States for 20 years, the algorithm decides if a criminal is too high-risk to be released on bail.

The researchers say that a group of untrained members of the public contacted through an online survey had the same success rate as the software.

Results of the study cast doubt on the accuracy of the machine used in more than one million cases.

Dartmouth College researchers looked at the accuracy of the Correctional Offender Management Profiling for Alternative Sanctions (Compas) software system used in US courts.

Scientists compared Compas success rates to the opinions of participants from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowd-sourcing marketplace.

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