The future of technological law: The machine State
Griffin, James G.H.
International Review of Law, Computers and Technology
Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Reason for embargo
Advances in technology will challenge and change the current manner in which legal regulation occurs. It has always been possible to describe governance and law as a form of technology in itself, but the growth of digital technologies provides a new means by which to regulate the population. This article posits the theory that the inherent characteristics of technology will become inherent within the digitisation of law. As law becomes an increasingly digital entity, it will become more concerned with perfect reproduction of law upon the person, and so more encompassing in its scope. In addition to that, the increasing use of digital technologies in augmented reality, in 3d and 4d printing, both in solid and biological matter, poses a fundamental change in the regulatory relationship between the State and the individual – a challenge which the State will need to address.
This research is in part based around qualitative empirical interviews that were funded by BILETA, and a paper given at the 2013 BILETA conference held at the University of Liverpool. The BILETA funding was for the project ‘Property in Copyright’.
This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Review of Law, Computers & Technology in July 2014, available online http://wwww.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13600869.2014.932520.
Volume 28, Issue 3, pp. 299-315