Thursday, September 05, 2019

"Minority Report": sci-fi about arresting people for thinking about committing crimes, relevant to weapons debate today


Remember “Minority Report” (2002), directed by Steven Spielberg, from Dreamworks and 20th Century Fox, based on a short story by Philip K. Dick.


Tom Cruise plays police Chief John Anderton, a police chief of a unit in Washpngton DC that uses telepathy or monitoring to arrest people for “pre-crime”, before they commit the crimes.


The telepathy is possible for special mutants called “precogs” who share consciousness through a “group mind”.

Anderton tries to avoid the system with a retinal transplant.
The film is important because of the way we have to protect public safety today in a world where there are so many guns, arresting people for threats or for social media evidence based on the possibility they are planning crimes. 
It used to be that people could be banned from serving in the military for showing a “propensity” for future homosexual acts.

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