The pace of technological advancement is quickening to the point where the gap between science fiction and reality is being greatly reduced. Philip K. Dick explored the concept of pre-crime in his short story “The Minority Report” in 1956, but it wasn’t until Steven Spielberg offered it on the big screen as Minority Reportin 2002 that the audience got a true look at a potential day-to-day existence under corporate and government data management and control.
As if Germany doesn’t have a sordid enough history of implementing an omnipresent secret police, apparently they are prepared to give it a modern-day upgrade via crime predicting software that is directly based on Minority Report.
The system is called Precobs, just a slight variant of the Precogs from formerly what was known as science fiction. The “Pre-Crime Observation System” will analyze “data of the location, time and other details of past crimes such as home break-ins. When a new incident is reported, the software analyses the data to look for a pattern that will point to a future target.”
Just to give it a further demonic twist, they are testing the system in Munich and Nuremberg, where officials say the results are “promising.”