The higher technical school Shoshin Valley began to monitor students in social networks using artificial intelligence to identify those who may be dangerous to themselves and to society. It has become one of the many schools that have introduced this technology into their security systems. About the case Shoshin Valley told the local edition of WBUR.
The tracking system was developed for the school by the analytical company Social Sentinel. In conversation with journalists, the company’s CEO, Gary Margolis, said that the Social Sentinel works with linguists and psychologists to train its artificial intelligence.
The company uses its own “threat library”, consisting of 450,000 different indicators, indicating that the student can harm himself or others. AI marks potential problem students and, in theory, helps the school prevent an incident.
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According to WBUR, the school’s students “did not even guess” that their school uses similar technologies. Margolis told reporters that the company does not consider itself to be an “instrument for monitoring, monitoring, or investigating,” but a “threat warning system.”
Social Sentinel worked on the system with the police, before opening access to it for schools. The company’s services cost Shoshin Valley $ 10,000 a year, but the company refused to disclose how successful its artificial intelligence is.
In the city of Arlington, the system was introduced at the level of the police department: it analyzes messages from students at once in all schools in the city. According to police chief Fred Ryan, thanks to the Social Sentinel, the staff recently managed to save a student who planned to commit suicide.
Shoshin Valley is not the only school that began to practice this approach to security against the backdrop of mass shooting. The Miami-Dade School requested 30 million from the state budget to increase the security system, including hiring employees to track social networks.
Schools in the Texas County of Wilson and the state of Tennessee also usesocial network monitoring systems. And schools in New York and Florida have spent millions of dollars creating a 24-hour surveillance system that includes facial recognition and biometric sensors.