I'm trying to come up with a twenty-sixth century method of fingering culprits (with ways around DNA analysis having been found ages before). I also need help designing the law enforcement system for a society with a legislature headed by an elected triumvirate.
"You don't fix faith. It fixes you." -- Shepherd Book, Jaynestown[br][br]Never meddle in the affairs of Daleks, for you are mortal and look good in photo-negative.
The perp, then, would be a master and figuring a way around those scans. He'd apply his own molecular data to a robot or he'd use a clone or he'd transfer his own consciousness into a personifid (artificial body).
Asimov, thingy, Stephenson and others are great at imagining ways of committing futuristic crimes.
Well, one story is shaping up to be more a matter of why than who (the victim was a serial killer), but the other looks to be a whodunnit.
Woah...the victim was a serial killer? Interesting twist!
You know, it may behoove you to think "retro" on this one. (Now, I'm a bit of a luddite, so I have to admit that I default to this, so take it with a grain of salt.) It seems that there could be a point at which technology sort of cancels itself out. Not that it would ever reach a complete impasse, but think about all the counter-technology there is already, and how much more so there will be in the future. (Instead of radar detectors and camera-foiling gloss, there is a way to circumvent DNA testing, etc.--I think that's what you were getting at, anyway.) So perhaps it is back to psychology and Sherlock Holmes-ian flatfooting that detectives of the future must turn for reliable results. Just a thought.
I've imagined that in the future certain regions of planet Earth will be ring-fenced for low technology. Street lighting, motor cars, aircraft, space shuttles, etc., will be forbidden in those regions, or severely limited, to protect the environment and also allow humans to relate to the landscape in a more natural way.
If your world-scape allowed that, you could avoid futuristic technology for your shamus.
If you are still looking into the law enforcement design, think about using a Prefect system that was used by the Romans. A unit almost like the military that enforces civil laws, and a second agency (The Praetorian Guard) that would take care of any severe infringements of the legal system. So basically you got your beat cops who are like army grunts, and then you got your SWAT style detectives similar to a much more hardcore military police. A triumvirate usually enforces laws harshly, exactly like Julius Caesar and his cohorts. This is also me who loves history and the Roman era . However if you should require more help with the law enforcement I am here to help, studying to become a police officer should come in handy in this case.
Post by waldenwriter on May 2, 2010 15:12:24 GMT -5
I don't know how you'd find your way around DNA analysis. As Divides the Waters said, I'd think they'd be able to scan you down to some amazing level. I mean, that's essentially what "beaming" does in Star Trek. They're also already making advances in biometrics, which includes methods like voice recognition, retina scanning, as well as DNA analysis. Granted, a rather large percentage of DNA is actually identical in every human being, with like 1% of our DNA distinguishing between one person and another (something I learned in Human Heredity class). But a criminal would have to be pretty dang smart to circumvent those sorts of odds. Best bet would be with a cyborg I guess, since they seem very human but could have enough mechanical parts in them that they could potentially fool systems. Or a sort of simulation. The movie Simone is a good example, where a guy creates an actress via a simulation program and lots of people actually think she's real.
As for the triumvirate, are you thinking of a Roman-style one (as sabre3030 suggested) or more a sort of authoritarian government shared between three people? (Although I guess there isn't much difference).