Powerful new tool in Minneapolis creates virtual city

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2013 - 10:19 AM

It will allow departments to share information, with hopes of catching problems before they arise.

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furguson11Feb. 20, 1312:49 AM

Sounds good to me, people can change but past behavior is a pretty good predictor of future behavior.

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elmore1Feb. 20, 13 7:41 AM

Sounds like a great start. I hope that they are also bringing in unstructured and social media data. Don't let the data privacy advocates go overboard. We are trying to protect the good people of the city from the "bad guys".

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wiseoracleFeb. 20, 13 8:49 AM

Few more years and they'll just 'chip' kids as they leave the hospital. You'll just show up as a blip on their uber tracking software. It will make it much simpler to deploy a drone on your arse, when the pre-cogs have decided your up to no good. Nice move people - keep your head in the sand! No price is too great to pay to stop bad guys, right?

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anewmanFeb. 20, 13 8:51 AM

Let's be sure that we include drug use in there, too, so we keep government involved enough in our lives!

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rlwr51Feb. 20, 1310:15 AM

SimCity in reality. This is cool, however you can never factor in all aspects of what happens in a city. This could be a helpful tool. Let's just hope that, as sometimes happens, the tool doesn't become the ruler.

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smeeagain2Feb. 20, 1311:46 AM

Of course putting more cops on the street to actually interact with the public is out of the question. With all the technology the city has deployed (shot spotter, etc) how many guns have they actually taken off the street? How have their response times improved? How much has the crime rate dropped?

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jbpaperFeb. 20, 1312:36 PM

How can they track troubled youth and the elderly that are vulnerable without including the private data that they say they are not going to use?

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