Contextual Essay- BCM325

For this project I created a Digital Artefact which was a blog post which is a response to the question: What are the possibilities of the integration of future technology of the highest extent provide for the police force? And what are the effects on society?

At first my plan was to do a podcast that went for 10+ minutes talking about this topic, however after the first few attempts I realised I couldn’t speak well for that long period of time, and I just kept making mistake after mistake. After this I just decided to take all the points I wrote down, and translate it into a blog post format where the writing style doesn’t have to be formal and I can still use a casual approach. With a topic of this nature, a casual and simplistic approach is best as if it was to be too formal then the readers would lose interest very fast.

The conception of this project was a result of my developing interest in technologies in Sci Films especially AI, and viewing the movie Minority Report which was released in 2002. After reflecting on the premise in Minority Report that police are able to stop crimes before it happened, I decided I wanted my project to revolve around the possibilities of a world where police have access to the highest extent of technology, and the effects on society. This proposed world wouldn’t necessarily be a dystopian future setting like in sci fi films, the world would be similar to how it is today, the only exception is that there would be all the technology you would see from films such as Mission Impossible that would be utilised by the police. However as a result of police having access to high tech, so can criminals.

First I researched the current advanced technology that the police have access to, and I recorded a podcast where I explain them and their impacts on the force. From there I explored the possibilities of future technology and categorised it into 4 categories; Forensics, Weapons and Tech, Surveillance and Artificial Intelligence. Within the 4 categories I simply wrote about what potential technologies could present themselves as technology advances, and I utilised examples from film. For forensic work I delved into the CSI effect and also a technology in Black Mirror which would be such a powerful tool in crime investigation, however presents major ethical dilemmas. Weapons and technology I addressed weapons that are found in Spy movies like Mission Impossible. Surveillance I looked at how the police would have eyes everywhere and I delved into the film Pre Crime which shows how police already have technology from Minority Report. And lastly I explored Artificial Intelligence, if police were able to use Cyborg’s in crime fighting.

At the conclusion of all these sections I ended the section with “We’ll go to that later”, just as I brought up the problems that will arise. That’s what the last section delved into. If police had all of this at their disposable, what will happen? As in recent years the many reports of police brutality and corruption, it makes the police force a problem if they had this technology.

 

References

Anders, C. and Jones, T. (2018). 16 Classic Films That Got Future Tech Right. [online] Gizmodo Australia. Available at: https://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/08/16-classic-films-that-got-future-tech-right/ [Accessed 30 May 2018].

 

Gasior, M. (2018). New Technology in Law Enforcement. [online] PowerDMS. Available at: https://www.powerdms.com/blog/new-technology-in-law-enforcement/ [Accessed 30 May 2018].

Jackman, T. (2018). [online] Washington Post. Available at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/06/22/study-finds-1100-police-officers-per-year-or-3-per-day-are-arrested-nationwide/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.e63d85f0c020 [Accessed 30 May 2018].

 

Loughrey, C. (2018). 6 predictions from Minority Report that actually came true. [online] The Independent. Available at: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/minority-report-15th-anniversary-predictive-policing-gesture-based-computing-facial-and-optical-a7807666.html [Accessed 30 May 2018].

 

Munbodh, E. (2018). Not quite mission impossible: 10 futuristic movie gadgets that now exist in real life. [online] mirror. Available at: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/technology/not-quite-mission-impossible-10-3241225 [Accessed 30 May 2018].

 

Oaic.gov.au. (2018). Surveillance and monitoring| Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – OAIC. [online] Available at: https://www.oaic.gov.au/individuals/faqs-for-individuals/law-enforcement-surveillance-photos/what-can-i-do-about-my-neighbour-s-security-camera [Accessed 30 May 2018].

 

Wray, D. (2018). How ‘Pre-Crime’ predicted in Minority Report is already a reality. [online] The Independent. Available at: https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/precrime-film-documentary-minority-report-police-a8289576.html [Accessed 30 May 2018].

Danaher, J. (2018). The Polygrapher’s Dilemma: Ethics and Lie Detection. [online] Philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com. Available at: http://philosophicaldisquisitions.blogspot.com/2012/10/the-polygraphers-dilemma-ethics-and-lie.html [Accessed 31 May 2018].

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