In the science fiction thriller “Minority Report,” a police force known as PreCrime uses mutated human psychics to identify criminals before they act.
The U.S. Army is working toward a similar goal — not by reading minds but by crunching data.
Using the military records of all 975,057 soldiers who served during a six-year period, researchers have developed an algorithm they hope can help prevent severe, violent crimes by identifying those at greatest risk of becoming perpetrators.
They would not be pre-arrested, but rather given counseling or other interventions aimed at heading off violence.
The researchers drew on 38 databases containing...