posted at 18:50
Author: Pete Pachal
How Big Data Could Help Prevent the Next Ferguson
Watson could have an even greater impact in the way law enforcement itself is carried out. At an IBM event to showcase the fields where Watson is making a difference, Roberto Villaseñor, chief of police in Tuscon, Ariz., cited Ferguson as a good example where Watson can sort things out. Villaseñor is hopeful that Watson and cognitive computing systems like it, which have just begun to touch the law-enforcement space, will be able to process all that information, and give investigators real leads faster. "How is a human going to tie those things together? Cognitive computing can. But we still have to look at it. It cannot be a computer or a human analysis. It has to be and. We say, 'Watson said this - let's go check it out.'". "Being able to trudge through all the information and data, and put out accurate information, as opposed to speculation or analysis based on speculation and supposed truth that's being put out through third-party hearsay ... you need to filter through that." Watson could gobble up every relevant case, statistic and incident regarding law enforcement in minority communities in its effort to come up with solutions. "There are mounds of information out there that we're going to need help sorting through to help us not necessarily answer the question, but at least define the problem," Villaseñor said. "We need to get the data-driven information, and not go with anecdotal information because there's a lot of emotion behind it. We need to try and get past the emotion and find the truth. It may be bad, but we need to find out what it is so we can adjust."

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