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You can’t turn on the TV or read a newspaper article without a daily reporting of crime. As technology and computer algorithms advance we want to know if there will be a computer model that could know us better than ourselves.

Image shows police tape marking the boundary of a crime scene. The tape reads: crime scene, do not cross.

In this Oxford Sparks episode of the Big Questions podcast they visited Seena Fazel, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford to ask the question: Can computers predict crime?

Listen to the Oxford Sparks podcast on whether computers can predict crime.


Big data offers possibilities for improving prediction for a range of medical and behavioural outcomes. Algorithms developed and validated using the best methods should supplement rather than replace clinical or professional decision-making.
Professor Seena Fazel.



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