[extropy-chat] When Did (or Do) People Start Locking Doors?

Robert Bradbury robert.bradbury at gmail.com
Fri Dec 15 22:38:28 UTC 2006

It will be interesting to see what happens as society transitions from the
physical reality to the virtual one.  The reason one starts locking doors is
presumably because there is something of "value" behind them.  If one
abstains from accumulating things of value then one need not worry about
locking ones door.  Equivalently if the nanoera makes "things" of equal or
better value available to everyone then there will be no point to robbery,
burglery, car jackings, etc.  There will be no point to locking ones door.
It is only if one has something of value on the open market that people
might desire to take it from you.

But Anders is right, and as the CSI, NCIS, etc. shows would lead one to
believe, transparency in terms of knowing precisely who commits a crime is
becoming more common in which case it becomes increasingly difficult to be a
"criminal".  (Macro scale actors like human beings have a hard time of it in
an era where they leave behind DNA, minuscule amounts of "trace" that can be
put through a Mass-Spec machine for identification, cameras on every block
(not here yet but in the U.K. its getting very close), etc.).  One wonders
about the possibilities of a "Lost" season situated in east L.A.?

At any rate this conversation relates to things of value from objective and
subjective perspectives and brings to mind an interesting question.  What is
one of the few things that you have that cannot be taken from you? [1]


1. For example if all things of value that you possess are within "virtual"
realms (say Linden dollars), someone could coerce you into giving them up by
threatening to take your life or the life of someone you care about.  You
could refuse to turn them over and as a result "they" could take your life.
(Of course this might be a pointless strategy if one has lots of real time
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