Artificial Intelligence is a concept dealt with abstract varieties in science fiction to bring a sense of doom and despair. While accepting that automation has caused a decline in jobs, it can be argued that it has not caused a drop in productivity. As a society, we are creatively, scientifically, industrially, and intellectually more productive than have ever been. We live in a society where its participants have a mini personal computer in their possession that they can use to be productive if they choose. The one area where artificial intelligence infrastructure would be beneficial is in the visual content domain. The same personal computer in our pockets is a portal to a universe of visual content that spans a gamut of emotions. Instead of focusing on the doomsday scenario of artificial intelligence, focusing on the benefit it can and has historically documented to bring can prove to be a good indicator of why the use of artificial intelligence in cataloging the world of visual content is necessary.

Industries and agencies are required to stay current and relevant to sustain their business model. The inclusion of artificial intelligence in this sustenance model is critical since it allows the company to maximize effort towards problems that seek maximum effort. For example, in law enforcement, countless hours of video footage are reviewed to learn more about the crime scene. There are 24 hours, a total of 1440 minutes, and 86400 seconds. According to the 2017 Crime in the United States, a report published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a violent crime occurs every 24.6 seconds, and a property crime occurs every 4.1 seconds [1]. When you couple that information with this 2019 publication from the Pew Research Center, Five Facts About Crime In The U.S., crime is nothing more than a human endeavor with its participants subject to moments of error and fault just like everyone else. The one portion of the Pew report that particularly gravitated my attention was that “in 2018, police nationwide cleared 46% of violent crimes that were reported to them. For property crimes, the national clearance rate was 18%” [2]. Data does not support pop culture innuendos suggested by shows like LAW & ORDER or CSI. It is here where Artificial Intelligence can be a significant help to streamline information for trained law enforcement officials to make analytical decisions.

A company that I came across in Jan 2020 was Veritone (VERI). In further research, I came across this August 7, 2019 article: PRI and Vertione, Inc. Partner to Provide Turnkey Artificial Intelligence Solutions to Criminal Justice. The article spoke to the products Vertione Redact and Veritone IDentify and how Police Records Management or PRI, “is a highly specialized consulting firm that provides criminal justice records management, IT and crime data consulting, training, and project management services” [3] was utilizing those AI applications to create and streamline data processing for law enforcement agencies across the country. Redact permits agencies to automate the process of video and audio redaction, IDentify allowed for facial recognition. Ed Claughton acknowledges that this new age technology was not always available and that its current availability is only here to bolster law enforcement efforts in managing crime. More importantly, in the age of more cameras, artificial intelligence’s inclusion shall be increasingly crucial since it could positively impact the clearance rate, as mentioned earlier.

The company Veritone itself does not limit itself to serving government agencies. It has a whole suite of applications tailored to meet the different industries it looks to help. Some of the other industries it serves as advertisers, news agencies, sports teams, etc.  On April 09, 2020, Vertione Launches DraftClips.com to Give Sports Fans Free, Unprecedented Access to Exclusive College Football Footage; I learned about DraftClips.com and was further convinced about this optimistic company. A recent visit to the site, DraftClips.com, would present a catalog of videos regarding the 2020 NBA Draft prospects. This would be an incredible asset for a professional sports team to utilize to analyze a player and his/her potential. So far, the company has treated my portfolio well.