15 March 2019. More than 50 people were killed in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand when a gunman, a white supremacist, opened fire and live-streamed the attack on Facebook.
And more recently, the Easter Sunday Church bombings that rocked Sri Lanka, killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more rocked the Southeast Asian region.
These three terror incidents rattled the world and had one thing in common, they were carried out by extremists. The terror attack was carried by an individual who seemed have done a thorough planning. In the past there, have been many similar terror incidents where the innocents suffer.
Now, with countries and governments fighting terrorism together, smart technology, most particularly, artificial technology (AI) can tackle terrorism by understanding the terrorist behaviors.
Experts say prediction and prevention of the terrorist attacks go hand-in-hand. According to Proschool, the prediction phase of the approach will be based on predictive modeling, artificial intelligence, machine learning and analysis of large data sets. “Geographic Information System (GIS) can be used for border management in India because it can detect and forecast infiltration attempts. If action is taken at the right time, these unpleasant instances can be averted.”
Currently, the Bengaluru-based Central Research Laboratory of defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is developing a prototype of such a robot which will be ready later this year. According to a report the robot will be equipped with sensors and programmed to communicate with the control centre. “It will be able to work in situations like the recent Easter blasts across Sri Lanka while conducting surveillance.”
The report further said that the border patrol robots will be able to save the lives of security personnel deployed for border surveillance. 80 scientists and engineers in three AI-specific labs – CRLs in Bengaluru and Ghaziabad, and BEL Software Technology Centre (BSTC) in Bengaluru are working on the AI-enabled patrol robots.
Moreover, with the recent viral videos and postings by terrorists on Facebook, the social media networking site is using AI to find and remove terrorist content from its platform. Facebook, behind the scenes, is using image-matching technology to identify and prevent photos and videos from known terrorists from popping up on other accounts. Furthermore, the company would be using machine-learning algorithms to look for patterns in terrorist propaganda, to swiftly remove it from newsfeeds of others.
And this is just the beginning. There is more to come.