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Things That Aren’t Illegal Yet but Will Be Soon

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Your Future Self Is Under Arrest

If you’ve seen Minority Report, you’re familiar with the idea that law enforcement could arrest you for a crime you haven’t even committed yet. If that fanciful technology existed today, would you be in trouble? It’s difficult, if not downright impossible, to be sure.

Today, you’re most likely aware of what is legal and what is not, and hopefully you opt to abide by the law. But what if you could be guilty of things you didn’t even know were illegal, simply because they aren’t yet?

Fifty years ago, if you told somebody they could get a ticket for texting while driving, they wouldn’t even know what you were talking about. As one Redditor put it, no one in 1966 would have thought “stealing movies and music out of the air” would ever be a legal issue.

With rapid innovations, largely from technology and social movements, legislators must also adapt in order to control, govern, and promote safety. No one knows for sure what the future will bring, so we turned to Redditors…

minority report tom cruise future crime

Credit: Twentieth Century Fox/ Photofest

What isn’t a crime yet but will be in the future?

Genetic Crime

future crime dna theft

Source: Twitter @BmptGuardian

DNA theft (imakenosensetopeople)

I encourage everyone to watch Gattaca if you haven’t already. It’s set in a future where everything is controlled by the DNA you have. This means employers will make decisions on who to hire based on DNA solely. This ends up defining social classes and other important day-to-day things. (brown_cake)

Since we are on the subject, in that movie, DNA discrimination was illegal. I think that could happen in 50 years.

Edit: TIL, already illegal. (Gorechi)

Behind the Wheel

future crime self driving car

Source: flickr

Driving manually on certain roads that are self-drive smart roads only. (FalstaffsMind)

They’ll have to pry my stick shift from my cold dead hands (crueltyfromweakness)