Embedding of Law in Technology

How Technological Innovation Influences the Evolution of Law

Today’s innovations increasingly permit embedding law (or informal rule sets) within technology. This can create new institutions (or fully reinvented versions of former institutions). For example, legal contracts are already being represented in code. Driverless vehicles are already deployed, with programmed/embedded rules allowing them to operate within the vast network of other vehicles following those same rules. Private energy production may soon follow technologically embedded rules for travel across networks, potentially outside of government distribution controls and regulations. And developments in generative AI are causing us to rethink what representing rules in technology means.  How will this embedding of law within technology fundamentally change how the legal institutions governing these technologies are created, understood, and enforced? We believe our multidisciplinary approach provides a critical understanding of how the law will evolve in this new and highly networked landscape.

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