September 30th, 2018, 2:30pm – 4:15pm
University of Winnipeg, Room 1L11 (Lockhart Hall), 515 Portage Avenue
What if tomorrow’s murders could be prevented today? To predict a future crime scene and to prevent a murder seems like something from a sci-fi movie. To make this possible, powerful computers and omnipresent cameras capture data from all sources, which is then evaluated and analyzed with the help of algorithms. At the same time, citizens are transformed into carriers of recorded data; our every move, message and purchase is tracked and mapped. Ratings of how likely we are to commit a crime are attached to our personae. Computers spit out lists of tomorrow´s criminals. But what if it´s you who ends up on this list? What if the data is wrong or biased? How can we be guilty of things we haven’t done? Who is, or isn’t, protected by the algorithm? The film exposes the creators of this technology, how they work and who really benefits from their invention. We are the first generation to hand over to computers the control over our freedom for the promise of total security. Pre-Crime is a chilling wake-up call.