Law in an Era of Smart Technology
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Should law be technologically neutral, or should it evolve as human relationships with technology become more advanced? In Law in an Era of "Smart" Technology, Susan Brenner analyzes the complex and evolving interactions between law and technology and provides a thorough and detailed account of the law in technology at the beginning of the 21st century. Brenner draws upon recent technological advances, evaluating how developing technologies may alter how humans interact with each other and with their environment. She analyzes the development of technology as shifting from one of "use" to one of "interaction," and argues that this interchange needs us to reconceptualize our approach to legal rules, which were originally designed to prevent the "misuse" of older technologies. As technologies continue to develop over the next several decades, Brenner argues that the laws directed between human and technological relationships should remain neutral. She explains how older technologies rely on human implementation, but new "smart" technology will be completely automated.
This will eventually lead to, as she explains, the ultimate progression in our relationship with technology: the fusion of human physiology and technology. Law in an Era of "Smart" Technology provides a detailed, historically-grounded explanation as to why our traditional relationship with technology is evolving and why a corresponding shift in the law is imminent and necessary.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 200 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 24mm | 399.16g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195333489
  • 9780195333480

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Law in an Era of "Smart" Technology is intellectually intricate. I enjoyed it tremendously. The material presented is at the leading edge of an area. * Ralph D. Clifford, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Southern New England School of Law * The pace of technological change means that crimes now unforeseen are looming over the horizon. When they occur, legislators will be playing catch-up. Professor Brenner's discussion of emerging ambient technologies is fascinating, and her book will be a wake-up call to policy makers and legislators in the forthcoming era of increasingly pervasive digital technology. Professor Brenner's book combines rich historical depth with great foresight, and provides an
indispensable framework for law in the digital age. * Peter Grabosky, Director of Security21: International Centre for Security and Justice, Australian National University *
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About Susan Brenner

Susan W. Brenner is NCR Distinguished Professor of Law and Technology at the University of Dayton School of Law
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