LAW FOR THE FUTURE
"We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it."
Great technological advancements require well-considered complimentary laws. Unfortunately, those laws often arrive much later than the technologies. For example, the first speed-limit laws were not passed until 1901. By comparison, just in 1899 thirty American manufacturers produced 2,500 motor vehicles.
While it is also true that premature laws may stifle the development of nascent, transformative technologies, the pace at which technology is now advancing and becoming more central to our everyday lives--for both inside and outside of our bodies--requires a reasoned, prospective approach to legislation. Particularly as technologies such as brain-computer interfaces and general artificial intelligence promise to bring about a paradigm shift in the fundamental functioning of society, delaying putting reasoned thought into the novel legal issues that will inevitably come follow is a recipe for chaos.
As such, the purpose of this website is to build a legal foundation for the future. This is a place where we can imagine the unique legal issues that our Cyborg descendants will face and offer them well-thought-out solutions.
So, whether you consider yourself a cyborg, transhuman, grinder, biohacker, futurist, lawyer, legislator, or forward thinker, let's join together to make our legal future a little less unknown.
"For the power of Man to make himself what he pleases means, as we have seen, the power of some men to make other men what they please."
-C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man (1943)
"The end of law is not to abolish or restrain, but to preserve and enlarge freedom. For in all the states of created beings capable of law, where there is no law, there is no freedom."
-John Locke, Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690)
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"[N]o matter what quandaries we face--business problems, health issues, relationship difficulties, as well as the great scientific, social, and cultural challenges of our time--there is an idea that can enable us to prevail."
-Ray Kurzweil, The Singularity Is Near (2005)