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Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology$
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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

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(p.185) CHAPTER 8 Implications
Law in an Era of “Smart” Technology

Susan W. Brenner

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the analysis presented in the earlier chapters and addresses its implications. It notes the difficulties involved in forecasting the ways in which misuse will manifest itself in the not-too-remote future — when technology will become far, far more sophisticated and misuse may be committed not only by un-enhanced humans, but also by cyborgs and perhaps even by non-human intelligences. The chapter concludes, however, that if in enacting laws we keep our focus on what is relevant (behavior) and what is circumstance (technology), lawmaking should be much more effective and much more efficient than it often is at the very beginning of the 21st century.

Keywords:   artificial intelligence, misuse, harm, technology, cyborg

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