“This was a poor attempt at Extortion 101—make the mark think he’s done something wrong, something only his money can make right.” John J. Lennon’s work as a prison journalist has garnered him awe, envy, and in July of 2020, a threat on his life. After he had published an article on prison gambling, he was wrongly accused of causing the confiscation of contraband of one of his fellow inmates, who gave him two choices: pay up, or get shivved. An overall fascinating read.
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An artificial intelligence model built by Ishanu Chattopadhyay and his colleagues analysed crime data in Chicago from 2014 to 2016 and managed to predict future levels of crime down to the nearest 300 metres, a week before they actually happened. While extremely useful, this artificial intelligence has been shown to expose racial prejudice in law enforcement. Hopefully, as the study’s data and methodology have been made available for others to evaluate, these prejudices can be avoided in the next iteration. Read full article here