San Diego Law Review

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This Article discusses the nature of the challenges to the law posed by the rapidly developing field of computer technology. The author argues that, if the law is to retain vitality as the framework within which society operates, it must respond to technological forces that threaten the law with obsolescence. The author focuses on robots as symbols of machines performing functions usually reserved to human beings. The author identifies several specific legal areas in which the use of computers raises novel, and as yet unanswered questions, and surveys the legal and ethical issues surrounding the expanded use of computer technology, including criminal procedure, copyright of computer-generated works, and liability for computer-produced catastrophes.

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