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Scientists from the Center for Analysis and Modeling in Security of the University of Chile (CEAMOS) developed the first software in Chile and Latin America capable of anticipating where and when future offenses might occur.

The boom in AI applications will reach many fields, including medicine, mental health and security. One example is the boom of softwares to fight against crime using algorithms, like the system developed by CEAMOS for Carabineros in Chile. See how algorithms are already changing our life: Online retailers, for example, have ramped up the use of AI to maximise sales; some dating sites use the technology to match potential partners; and cities are dabbling with AI-controlled traffic lights to ease congestion and reduce air pollution.

British experience

AI-powered cyber defences have also arrived. The UK-based company Darktrace, for example, uses AI to spot suspect activity on companies’ computer networks, a strategy that revealed the curious case of a North American casino that was hacked from Finland via its wifi-controlled fishtank. Darktrace recently detected a worrying new form attack: while monitoring activity for an Indian company, the tech firm spotted AI-enhanced malware that learned how to blend into its target network and lurk there without detection. Since India is one of the world’s testing grounds for new cyber attacks, more AI-powered malware could soon be targeting companies around the world.

AI is already helping the police to tackle crime. In UK too, in 2014, a Kent police officer was on his way to interview the victim of a double motorbike theft when he heard the meeting had been delayed. With an hour to kill, the officer went to a nearby area that had been flagged that morning as ripe for crime by PredPol (a software similar to the developed by CEAMOS in Chile), the force’s AI tool. During the officer’s patrol, he spotted the missing motorbikes, made an arrest, and had the bikes returned to their owner.

 

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