What can be said about crime and security 100 years into the future? Will it be better, worst, or simply different? Keep in mind that in 100 years two significant and remarkable things will have occurred. Technology, which would have exponentially advanced with time, would have advanced far more than we could possibly imagine today becoming our willing slave to meet most of our needs making jobs obsolete and helping us to pursue our dreams but at the cost of privacy. But privacy may not be important to us then as it is today. Technology will also make committing and getting away with crime extremely difficult if not impossible. The other thing is genetic engineering which would have likely removed many undesirable genetic tendencies such as socially unacceptable behavior in addition to giving us longevity as mentioned in Part 12 – Population Control. Consequently crime rates would be extremely low compared to today and simply not something people would tend to indulge in due to the difficultly of getting away with it and having almost nothing to gain.
Almost all the motives for crime would have been removed making it more painful and risky to do than not especially since most things people want would be easily available simply for the asking. Interpersonal relationships would also be far better due to genetic engineering. The Bible scripture “For the Love of money is the root of all evil” will have become meaningless since money would no longer exist (see Part 8 – Jobs and Economics). Any tendencies towards insanity would have been genetically eliminated as well removing that element of crime and a lower levels of daily stress would make unlikely such aggravated conditions. So crime will be a very small fraction of what it is today and easily managed. This also means that people will feel very safe and secure from criminal activities.
Houses will not need locks and pathways where people walk would be very safe all day and night. People will simply not have to worry about being assaulted or otherwise harmed by criminal elements. Homeland security and security of any kind would be relegated to the history books. Sexual crime tendencies would have also been genetically eliminated. There would be little need for law enforcement which if it existed would be of the technological/robotic kind. People would have high levels of trust between one another, secrets being very rear. Such an environment would remove much of the stress and insecurities that affect our lives today so people of the future may enjoy life almost worry-free leaving them to enjoy what they have and do what brings them the most lasting meaning and pleasure in their very multi-century long lives.
This may sound like utopia or heaven. Compared to now it is but in the distant future that will be reality if man is to sustainably survive and flourish in a much harsher physical world. Such a life will be common place to him. He will live a life more meaningful to him, free of the dangers and stresses of crime, hatred, war, and animosity. He will have learned during his long life that peace, cooperation, and harmony will allow him greater freedom to live, think, enjoy, and appreciate the things of life even at the cost of privacy. We currently ask for transparency from government. In the future transparency of all people will nurture far more trust as it does between best friends today.
These values were expressed over 200 years ago in the American Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” This is no less true then than it is today and will be even more so 100 years from now. The difference is that technology and scientific advancements will allow its common achievement in the distant future. For the future to proceed like many sci-fi horror movies mankind would have destroyed himself long before reaching this state of social and technological advancement.
This concludes this series on 100 Years from Now. I would like to emphasize again that this entire Series is not based upon any ideology I subscribe to but instead upon what I happen to know in terms of social norms, behaviors, and the science and technology I know today. It is an optimistic extrapolation of my knowledge and our current social and technological trends factoring in climate change and limited resources as to their potential impact in the distant future if man is to continue to exist and flourish.
This has been an interesting and challenging voyage into the future for me. I have done almost no research into any of the topics covered, everything coming to me from prior knowledge or my imagination. I hope you have enjoys this adventure into the distant future as much as I have at writing it. It is likely that I am no more right than any other person.