Should Minority Report technology be used in schools?


Predictive technology promises to pre-empt misbehaviour or violence in schools - but is it ethical, asks Simon Creasey

Should Minority Report technology be used in schools?

David sits in the office, tapping the arm of the chair and staring through the window at the sports fields and the trees beyond. The headteacher begins. She explains that the advanced behaviour tracking (ABT) system has signalled that he is an immediate threat, so the school has had to call in the police.

David glances at the two young officers sitting in the corner of the room, staring right at him. He looks back to the headteacher. “ABT says there’s an 81 per cent risk that you will commit a violent act in the next three days,” she continues, her hands shaking. “There is a 67 per cent ...

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