To many people, the term “AI” suggests sentient androids that are indistinguishable from humans, such as those in the television series Westworld. When the topic of advanced technology for law enforcement and crime fighting arises, the public imagination has been shaped by the CSI shows. And as any regular viewer knows, there’s no crime that can’t be solved in 60 minutes or less—including time for commercial breaks—in the world of CSI.
The reality of AI technology is far less grandiose than television has presented. However, there are real and useful applications for AI that exist today. There’s also the potential for other intriguing uses in the future. Because of the divergence between the perception and the actuality of AI, law-enforcement professionals need to comprehend the realities of the technology, not only to capitalize on its capabilities but also to help the public adjust its expectations to what the technology actually can deliver.
John Newsom is executive vice president at Veritone. He is a software executive with an evangelical passion for AI technology who aligns the Veritone Platform with customer and market needs. To learn more about AI in law enforcement, download the comprehensive white paper Artificial Intelligence: Friend or Foe?