Technological Breakthroughs Put Pressure On Law To Change
Development in technology is such that it will never sit still. Technology develops at break neck speeds, just look at mobile phone technology. Ten years ago the idea of touchscreen phones would have been laughed at, but now they have become central to everyday living. As such the very tool that is used to enhance our lives puts pressure on the legal system. Why you may ask? To keep us all safe is the answer.
One development the Government in the US is battling is Bitcoin. Real money can be converted into Bitcoin, which is a digital currency that remains anonymous in every way. It can go under the radar, and be sent anywhere in the world without any person’s identity linked to it. Since Bitcoin can be used as payment for many marketplaces, it becomes harder for the police to gain control of this use of money.
Technology waits for no man, and definitely not for the law
Another interesting challenge for the Government will be commercial drones. These are already used in many aspects of life, one example being companies in Australia using them to tackle bush fires. Amazon have stated that they will be experimenting with drones to deliver packages. In the US and the UK, there is no framework that would allow companies to use these drones, framework that would allow the Government to be satisfied with them doing so. While it would be quicker to use these drones, there are many aspects that need thought. Especially from a security standpoint.
The last development which could become a huge problem for the Government would be 3D printing. It does not sound like much of a threat. But, a 3D printer was used to create a functioning gun. This becomes a huge obstacle for lawmakers. Because not only is it a concern that guns are being made, there is the other issue as to whether they are safe. One state in the US has already made it illegal to produce guns using a 3D printer. It won’t be long till the UK wakes up to this matter and sets their rules in place.
But is just shows that technology will never lay still, because somewhere someone is looking to push the industry on the next level.