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Palantir Knows Everything About You

By Bloomberg.com

Peter Thiel's data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizensRead full story

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  • Vidya S.
    Vidya S.

    The tool is used by LAPD to "...monitor and stop the pre-crime suspects as often as possible, using excuses such as jaywalking or fix-it tickets."

    A libertarian, huh? Huh.

  • Jing Cao
    Jing CaoQuartz

    Palantir isn’t the only company using AI to help predict crime. It’s an interesting idea, to help augment important police work. But as the article here touches on, it’s equally important, if not more so, to make sure a) the tools aren’t being abused and b) the people building the software are actively trying to minimize dangerous biases.

    My old colleague Joshua Brustein has done quite a bit of work in this area of AI for crime. This is a particularly good story if you’re interested in learning more: https://newspicks.us/news/748656/

  • Anthony Duignan-Cabrera
    Anthony Duignan-CabreraCEO at ADC Strategy

    Is there anything that Peter Thiel touches that isn't creepy, authoritarian and antidemocratic? Besides his privates?

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    I interviewed for a job at Palantir a few years back, it's well known that the first question you get on your phone screener was "What is a database?" If I didn't know then...I know now.

  • Richard Lee
    Richard Lee

    Like a real life Minority Report when it comes to a system that assesses relationships, previous offenses and targets probable criminal activity that could lead to a “precrime” arrest.

  • The act suggests "You are guilty till proven innocent", which is a direct contradiction of what they'll read you when they slip the cuffs on.

  • mike jones
    mike jones

    Vista, just FYI JAYWALKING IS A CRIME!!!! It might not seem significant to a person who lives in their own little bubble to police officers fire/medics especially us working in a big city I have seen numerous people including children struck and severely injured AND EVEN KILLED simply because they decided to walk out on the street and doo dahing along and here comes the guy who is on the phone just off a stressful day at work or a soccer mom on the phone or arguing with the kids in the car and WAMMMM!!

    Vista, just FYI JAYWALKING IS A CRIME!!!! It might not seem significant to a person who lives in their own little bubble to police officers fire/medics especially us working in a big city I have seen numerous people including children struck and severely injured AND EVEN KILLED simply because they decided to walk out on the street and doo dahing along and here comes the guy who is on the phone just off a stressful day at work or a soccer mom on the phone or arguing with the kids in the car and WAMMMM!!! Next thing you know little Johnny’s brains are squirting out of his ears and he has so much blood pouring from his mouth he can’t breathe! So PLEASE PLEASE speaking from a first responders point of view DO NOT BELITTLE these “ minor offenses” simply because it does not impact the lives of the average Joe. I promise you jaywalking especially in big cities like LA is no laughing matter... go do a ride along with LAPD OR NYPD TRAFFIC DIVISION some day and when you see these medics and cops go home with blood soaked in their uniform you might see things from a little different perspective.... and yes when people are cited for jaywalking they have to be identified and in that process if it’s found they have a burglary warrant , a warrant for not paying their child support or family violence etc they should be arrested! All from jay walking... I hope this enlightens your view a bit... God Bless and be safe!!

  • peggy shock
    peggy shock

    Wow. I consider myself part of the huge middle America. Not a professional anything. For this to be factual and not a Hollywood script is quite eye-opening. Good read.

  • An incredible (and scary) piece of technology caught up in even more complex web of lies and scandal. This corporation built on corruption knows an excessive amount about my life. What’s new?

  • This should terrify everyone but Palantir's shareholders. It won't, but it should.

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