The Growing Gap Between Emerging Technologies and Legal-Ethical Oversight

The Pacing Problem

  • Gary E. Marchant
  • Braden R. Allenby
  • Joseph R. Herkert

Part of the The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology book series (ELTE, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. The “Pacing Problem”

  3. Oversight Dynamics for Emerging Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Lyria Bennett Moses
      Pages 77-94
  4. A Toolbox of Solutions

  5. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Gary E. Marchant
      Pages 199-205
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-212

About this book


At the same time that the pace of science and technology has greatly accelerated in recent decades, our legal and ethical oversight mechanisms have become bogged down and slower. This book addresses the growing gap between the pace of science and technology and the lagging responsiveness of legal and ethical oversight society relies on to govern emerging technologies. Whether it be biotechnology, genetic testing, nanotechnology, synthetic biology, computer privacy, autonomous robotics, or any of the other many emerging technologies, new approaches are needed to ensure appropriate and timely regulatory responses. This book documents the problem and offers a toolbox of potential regulatory and governance approaches that might be used to ensure more responsive oversight.


Codes of Conduct Emerging Technologies Ethics Governance Law

Editors and affiliations

  • Gary E. Marchant
    • 1
  • Braden R. Allenby
    • 2
  • Joseph R. Herkert
    • 3
  1. 1.College of LawArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2., Department of Civil and Environmental EnIra A. Fulton School of EngineeringTempeUSA
  3. 3., School of Letters and SciencesArizona State UniversityMesaUSA

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