Friday, March 19, 2010

Computers Are Supposed to Make Life Easier, Not Have The Cops Raid Your Home

Rose and Walter Martin are an elderly couple living in Brooklyn, NY. They are 82 and 83, and he is a WWII veteran. Does this sound like a bloodthirsty crime spree duo? Unfortunately for them, the police department’s computer system thinks so.

Since 2002, the police have raided their home more than 50 times, sometimes multiple times a week. It has taken the police 8 years to finally figure out that it was a computer “glitch” that led them on these errant invasions. During a “test” of the system their address was added. The police never removed all the test cases all this time. Now they are using the computer to flag the Martin’s address and make sure they “Double check” that it isn’t a mistake.

“Shall we play a game?”

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