PULSE Symposium 2016

Foreword - Imagining the Legal Landscape: Technology and the Law in 2030 Jennifer L. Mnookin & Richard M. Re Legal scholarship tends to focus on the past, the present, or the relatively visible, near-term future.  And that’s understandable: the challenges that loom many years away often aren’t susceptible to confident View Complete Listing

Policing Police Robots

Abstract Just as they will change healthcare, manufacturing, and the military, robots have the potential to produce big changes in policing.  We can expect that at least some robots used by the police in the future will be artificially intelligent machines capable of using legitimate coercive force against human beings.  Police View Complete Listing

Two Fables

Abstract This Article contains two imaginary stories about the future.  The first attempts to imagine what might happen if intellectual property law no longer prohibited copying and we were to live in a world entirely driven by data, algorithms, and metrics that monitor reading and discussion; in particular, it dwells on how View Complete Listing

Social Control of Technological Risks: The Dilemma of Knowledge and Control in Practice, and Ways to Surmount It

Abstract Effective management of societal risks from technological innovation requires two types of conditions: sufficient knowledge about the nature and severity of risks to identify preferred responses; and sufficient control capacity (legal, political, and managerial) to adopt and implement preferred responses.  While it has View Complete Listing

Glass Half Empty

Abstract This science-fiction legal Essay is set in the year 2030.  It anticipates the development and mass adoption of a device called the "Ruby" that records everything a person does.  By imagining how law and society would adjust to such a device, the Essay uncovers two surprising insights about public policy: first, policy View Complete Listing

Virtual Violence

Abstract Immersive virtual reality may change the way we interact with each other.  In the future, we may be technologically capable of experiencing every aspect of an interaction except its physiological consequences.  So what does this mean for interpersonal violence?  If virtual reality creates a strong sense of “presence,” View Complete Listing

Utopia?: A Technologically Determined World of Frictionless Transactions, Optimized Production, and Maximal Happiness

Introduction[1] Imagine a world that is aggressively engineered for us to achieve highly desirable objectives.  In this hypothetical future, technology will serve as the means for governing—or one might say, micromanaging—our world to prioritize three distinctive yet interrelated normative ends: optimized transactional View Complete Listing

DNA in the Criminal Justice System: A Congressional Research Service Report* (*From the Future)

Abstract Recent bills have allocated federal funding to states and localities as an incentive to adopt handheld genome sequencing devices, smooth the ongoing transition from older forensic typing methods to “next generation sequencing” (NGS), and facilitate law enforcement access to medical and recreational DNA databases.  At View Complete Listing