Imagine Lieutenant Columbo – or even better, a Perry Mason of the future – dealing with nanotechnology and you’ll have an idea about what can happen in the story “Whole Truth Witness” in which a woman is accused of wanting to create a defragmenter to reassemble media files with expired copyright. Our lawyer will have to defend her from a witness who – nanotechnologically speaking – is unable to tell a “lie”.

And then imagine the case of a poor author forced to go in hibernation in order to escape the absurd claims of the tax authorities of the future, an Artificial Intelligence at the taxpayers’ service.

These are the legal issues told in a light but stinging tone by Kenneth Schneyer, an author who knows very well about legal practices, being himself a lawyer, as well as a finalist for the 2014 Nebula and Sturgeon Award.

 


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