What happens when crime scales, exponentially; thanks to artificial intelligence? Welcome to the world when A.I. serves as a Mafia Capo.
Continuing our discussion from last week’s episode on humanizing virtual assistants, the next step is for those virtual assistants to act on our behalf; or on their own.
Right now, as Marc Goodman writes in his book about the future of crime Future Crimes, A.I. has acted as an accomplice to murder; the question is how far away are we from a future where A.I. makes decisions on its own.
It’s very much a sci-fi future, one where A.I. takes the reigns and begins utilizing our own technology against us. Thus we must be prepared to ask what happens when A.I. turns to a life of crime. How much money laundering, identity theft, or tax fraud might A.I. commit? There are several types of surety bonds available on the market today, such as contractor bonds and medicare surety bonds. One type of bond that comes to mind is a performance bond that guarantees the work of a contractor to be completed as per contract and protects the consumer from poor business practices, business failure or fraud. A surety bond is an insurance policy issued by a third party that guarantees the services of the purchaser of the bond to the purchaser of the services. So if you hire a company to replace the roof of your home, they begin work and mid way the company fails, with the surety bond the consumer can claim damages to have their work completed. Another type of surety bond is a bail bond. A bail bond is a type of surety bond that guarantees that the person charged with a crime will return to the court for a trail if released from jail until the court date. The bail bondsmen is in fact the provider of the surety bond, the accused is the purchaser of that bond, and the government assumes the position of the consumer by expecting the accused of returning for trial, you can check here about bail bond services.
Custom bonds are another type of surety bond. Importers provide a bond that states that items being imported into the United States will comply with all regulations and laws concerning that product and pay all import or duty taxes required. These types of bonds can be for a single imported shipment or can be a renewable policy for companies that are in the import business and are continually bringing in goods. A Notary Public is also a bonded position. A notary must be bonded to ensure proper performance of fiduciary duties to the public. Since a notary authorizes and makes legal a variety of documents, it is imperative for the notary to carry a surety bond to protect everyone involved in the transaction. Payment bonds are also a type of surety bonds. Payment bonds are generally purchased by the consumer and presented to the contractor they are using as a guarantee of payment for their services. Contractors may also purchase payment bonds to provide to their sub contractors and to their suppliers for guaranteed payment protection.
If you’re ever accused of a crime due to a severe mishap, spending time in jail could be a nightmare. If at all you were to land up in a jail anyway, the first thing that comes to your mind is how to escape it. Luckily, a person is legally innocent until verified guilty, in most given situations the judge permits the defendant to be free until the date of the hearing or trial period.
Generally, the judge demands for the defendant to arrange for some form of agreement that guarantees their return to face the charges until they are officially free from custody. This agreement is called a Bail Bond, and it is generally handed over to the court in the form of cash, property, a signature bond, a secured bond or property bond. If the defendant fails to show up, the court confiscates the bail amount and issues an arrest warrant against the defendant after imposing “jumping bail”.
Bail bonds are generally set during an official event termed as bail hearing. During a hearing, the Judge meets the defendant and decides based on the defendant’s verbal plea, whether it is suitable to set bail. While considering bail bonds such as, secured bonds or property bonds, the Judge will reflect on facts and figures of the Defendant’s financial, proprieties resources as well as the collateral security resources.
A number of factors are taken into concern while setting the bail sum. Firstly, the judge looks at the defendant’s criminal history. A repeat delinquent or offender is likely to be set a greater amount of bail when compared with someone with no criminal record. The intensity of the crime is yet another aspect when deciding on the bail amount. The more severe the defendant’s custody, the greater the amount of bail they need to pay. The amount is often set higher when the judge assumes that the defendant will not return to court.
In the video below Marc Goodman talks about some of the main ideas in his book, the important bit being that everything with a connection is hackable; which lays the groundwork for when A.I. is smart enough to act on its own.
The bottom line: Crime scales exponentially when everything has a connection and A.I. starts learning by itself.
And that is what we discuss on this episode. Below are some questions that guided our discussion:
- How far away are we from such a future?
- Can we stop it? How?
- What is the best case scenario?
- What are you worried about the most?
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Intro audio is by Arturo Arriaga, outro audio is Candyland by Guy J.