Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Susan W. Brenner

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333480.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 23 November 2017

Law and Tool Technology

Law and Tool Technology

Chapter:
(p.15) CHAPTER 3 Law and Tool Technology
Source:
Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology
Author(s):

Susan W. Brenner

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333480.003.0003

This chapter begins the process of tracing the historical evolution of the relationship between law and technology. It traces the development of early technologies — tool technologies — and the correlate development of rules that were designed to prevent their defective implementation. It defines the concept of tool technologies and notes how they will differ from the next-generation machine technologies. It explains that the phenomenon of “misuse” really did not arise for tool technologies, essentially because the misuse of such a technology fused into existing criminal behavior. A carpenter's “using” a saw or hammer to kill someone, for example, was not approached as a new phenomenon, a “misuse” of technology. Instead, it was treated as what it was: homicide.

Keywords:   machine, prescriptive law, proscriptive law, misuse, specialist, use

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .