The coming crime wave

From: Philip Goetz (
Date: Thu Apr 13 2006 - 20:53:58 MDT

Today, upper-middle-class Americans have most of their money tied up
in their houses. In the future, there may be a window of time in
which personal augmentations are available but very expensive, and
people may walk around with hundreds of thousands of (2006) dollars
worth of hardware on or in their body. Will this result in a great
increase in muggings and murder?

Evidence against is that people already walk around with cell phones,
PDAs, and laptop computers that are very valuable, but this doesn't
seem to have increased crime. Evidence for is that wearing jewelry or
an expensive watch is supposed to increase your chance of being

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