Month: April 2018

Blog Post 3-Tweet Curation

These past 8 weeks of live tweeting films we’d watch in class I felt was very fun. It was definitely an activity I looked forward to each week as this is a subject where I have a lot of fun delving into as many of the ideas explored, especially Artificial Intelligence, are things I am highly interested in. Throughout the semester, we watched movies I’d either have already watched or have been meaning to watch. The movies I already watched were The Matrix, both the Black Mirror episodes, and Blade Runner (Though I was absent from class).

I feel my live tweeting vastly improved as the week’s went on. The first week we live tweeted the movie Ghost in the Shell, and I feel this was my weakest as I found it hard to both live tweet and follow the story of the movie. As a result the tweets themselves weren’t really anything too interesting, and when the film finished I had to read up on the plot again. I was also too interested on tweeting and tweeting about everything that I seemed to have strayed my attention from the movie. However from the second week onwards, I decided I would let the tweets come up by itself, not forcing anything, and as a result I was able to both pay attention to the film and also make good quality tweets. The tweets also seemed more genuine from my end.

As the week’s went on I felt more comfortable tweeting, as I had learned to both pay attention to the movie as well as tweet at the same time. I was also receiving a bit more likes and comments back. I feel this was through my use of humour throughout.

What I noticed about live tweeting the films I already watched was that it was much easier to tweet something relevant, rather than having to search the web to find a link or a fun fact, to post. Also already having watched the films, it was easier for me to sit back and enjoy it in it’s entirety. My tweets for The Matrix and both Black Mirror episodes were very insightful. The tweets during the Black Mirror episodes had my most discussion driven content as I questioned aspects of the plot and the ideas within the episodes.

Criticism I do have with my live tweeting is that I just didn’t tweet enough discussion based content. They were more just talking about what was happening at those moments. They also weren’t so consistent, but I place that due to the fact that I was really good with live tweeting movies I had already watched in contrast to the ones I hadn’t watched.

The movies that I live tweeted which I haven’t seen before but I now absolutely love were Westworld and Frank and Robot. Both very great stories which since viewing I have re-watched.

Week 1: Ghost In The Shell

Week 2: Westworld

Week 3: Johnny Mnemonic

Week 4- The Matrix

Week 5- Black Mirror episode

Week 6: Robot and Frank

Week 7: Black Mirror: Hated in The Nation

BCM325 Blog Post 2

Could integrating Artificial Intelligence and advanced technology to the highest extent with the police make the police force an invincible force? And would it be a step forward or step backward for society and the justice system?

  1. Machine, Body, Self and the Cyborg:
    Upon beginning research, all I did was just review information I learned of cyborg’s in this class which was the tutorial in week 5. This was a good way to start off so I can get the main ideas and points down, most importantly the difference between a cyborg, a robot and an android.

  2. Review of film AI’s

    I looked into all the most popular examples of AI’s which are used in film such as: 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Terminator and Westworld. I chose to look specifically into these films as it involves AI which turn against humans (HAL, Skynet and all the androids in Westworld). These examples and watching clips of them really put into perspective the possibilities of the worse case scenarios of AI, where they turn on humanity.


  3. Everyday Examples of AI:

    This article simply just guided me to understand the most simple and basic everyday uses of Artificial Intelligence we interact with such as Google maps, Email, Social Media and banking. With AI in films being the main examples brought up when the words Artificial Intelligence is thought of, it’s easy to forget the existing uses of AI which we interact with and rely on everyday

  4. How Robots, IoT And Artificial Intelligence Are Transforming The Police:

    This allowed me to gain understanding on the current impact existing technologies have on the police force. Police currently utilise body-cams on their bodies during work to document and create eyes to look back on to get information. An intresting modern use is how Artificial Intelligence aids in predictive policing:

    “Several law enforcement agencies have dabbled in predictive policing including my customer the UK police in the city of Durham, England. They used a system called Hart (Harm Assessment Risk Tool) that classifies individuals and ranks the probability that they will commit another offense in the future”

    A big reason for this technology is both to eliminate the human bias and decision making, as well as the technology is able to pick up patterns for effectively. In the futurue these algorithms and patterns by this technology would be able to pick up on serial crimes.

  5. AI Profiling: The Social and Moral Hazards of Predictive Policing

    As a continuation of the previous article, this delves into the positives and negatives of predictive policing which would guide me to being able to make a basis for an argument whether Artificial intelligence in crime solving is good or bad. This was a very good article as it had went into the social and moral hazards of predictive policing.

  6. The Future of Policing part 2: Drones and Artificial Intelligence

    This article is very effective in also documenting how the police are already using this technology to make an impact on fighting crime. This also shows how drones are utilised to search for missing persons which overall seems like a highly efficient method in finding missing persons when it’s to a high scale (Lost in the forest) and it saves human labour and resources.

    “Another striking tech infusion of 2017 came with news that police in Durham weretraining an artificial intelligence system capable of predicting whether suspects in police custody would reoffend if released”

    Yet again the use of Artificial Intelligence to predict crimes are documented to further gain knowledge. A very interesting point made in the article is:

    “The danger with this piece of technology is we’re trying to guess the future, based on ones and zeroes rather than a holistic approach.”

  7. Tech Threat: Moving Towards a Dystopian Future:

    I find this article very interesting as the author presents ideas on how we are slowly moving towards this type of dystopian future and he weighs in on how it would affect society itself. Though the ideals don’t address the police directly, the ideas still apply in a world where police carry high tech technology.

    Such ideas presented include:
    “Replacing humans with robotic transactions delivered in unthreatening lilts, AI will further contribute to our de-socialisation, and feed the self-absorption and narcissism fuelled by Internet-powered consumerism.

    “Augmented Reality (AR) will overlay information onto the naked world, earning its wearers social, professional and other edges over those sticking to the boring old reality”

    “The element of surprise or enchantment in everyday life – as indispensable a part of being human as missing someone or feeling melancholy – will be even further retrenched, replaced by accumulating, awkward time-outs: motionless figures in public spaces, apparently present, but absorbed in a private, incommunicable world.”

These sources are the research which I have done up to this point which I feel is a good start.

Thus far the project structure is on it’s way to being established, I have come up with how I will present it as first I will just start with information to do with Artificial Intelligence, then information with police such as statistics and modern technology. Then I will present the possibilities which are open if the police integrated the kind of technology you would see in futuristic and dystopian universes. From there I would use case studies and analysis work to shift back and forth between the positives and negatives of this.

The arguments I would pitch forward are if

  • Would the police become too powerful?
  • Would society benefit from a police force which makes no mistakes
  • Would crime investigations be more accurate?
  • What is the impact of police utilising cyborg’s?
  • With the rise of police technology, would there be an equal rise of criminal technology to fight against?