Kevin O’Leary, an investor who appears on ABC’s (DIS) – Get Free Report hit show Shark Tank, has an intriguing reaction to the Nashville school shootings.

The violence has shocked the nation and poses a question about whether people have viable creative ideas about finding solutions. O’Leary offers a technological one.

O’Leary suggested that artificial intelligence tools could possibly be used to detect people with violent motives.

“Are you willing, in America, to allow AI to scrape social media and target you to law enforcement?” O’Leary asked. “If we said yes to that, those people wouldn’t be dead.”

“All of these shooters generally post hours before they do the deed on some social media here or there,” he added. “In China, for example, a combination of face recognition with AI scraping of all the social media would identify this individual hours before they did their move into the school, and they could have been apprehended,” .

Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary Has a Big Idea He Thinks Will Help Prevent School Shootings – TheStreet

I guess there would be good money in a Pre-Crime department, especially when AI is not quite the fantastic and accurate tool he is trying to sell. Of course, mentioning the Chinese should make a lot of US politician have pleasure discharges in their nether regions.

Mr. Marks, by mandate of the District of Columbia Precrime Division, I’m placing you under arrest for the future murder of Sarah Marks and Donald Dubin that was to take place today, April 22 at 0800 hours and four minutes.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

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  1. That, and we know it will pretty much be exclusively used politically. Anyone of a certain persuasion will be ‘fact checked’

  2. If there was a snowball’s chance in hell that this kind of tech could never be politically weaponized, I could see a benefit.
    How many times after there is a mass shooting, or some other horrific crime do we hear people say “all the signs were there…” or similar? Way too many times.
    But, the problem is an innocent post making fun of some leftist proposal is just that, innocent. Until something happens. So, let’s say Bob is working his way up to committing a mass shooting, and he is posting memes and snarky comments on various web/social media sites. Then the silicon chip inside his head is switched to overload. Contrast that to, well to this blog for instance. Plenty of memes, snark, poking fun at leftist idiocy, but so far, none of us are planning the big one.
    This AI program/process would flag all of us as potential risks, when in fact, we are nothing of the sort.
    And, that is the problem, right there.

    1. And then there is the entire question of whether such programs in fact would instantiate risks that would otherwise not have existed in the first place, via the preemptive behavior towards those deemed problematic.

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