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"The science fiction method is dissection and reconstruction. You look at the world around you, and take it apart into its components. Then you take some of those components, throw them away, and plug in different ones, start it up and see what happens."
- Frederik Pohl

Predictable Crime  
  A criminal act that computers were able to foresee in advance.  

Multivac had added wife-beating to its list of predictable crimes only some five years earlier and the average man was not yet accustomed to the thought that if he planned to wallop his wife, it would be known in advance. As the conviction percolated through society, woman would first suffer fewer bruises and then, eventually, none.

Some husband-beatings were on the list, too, Gulliman noticed.

From All the Troubles in the World, by Isaac Asimov.
Published by Super-Science Fiction in 1958
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Compare to the activities in the precrime analytical wing, that part of Minority Report (1956) that described how the future of criminal activity was divined.

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