May 14th, 2008 by Benjamin Duranske
VB is pleased to bring readers a new, notable paper in virtual law, Alan Turing and the Matrix: Intelligent Systems for Law Enforcement in Virtual Worlds (.pdf) by Bart Schermer, a partner at consultancy firm Considerati and an assistent professor at the University of Leiden (Faculty of Law) in the Netherlands.
Schermer has written his PhD. thesis on the legal aspects of intelligent software agents. This paper emphasizes virtual, intelligent law enforcement agents in 3D networked environments. Scary? Maybe. Interesting reading? Definitely. From the paper:
We have established that crime in virtual worlds is a possibility, and that the societal impact of virtual crime might become more significant over time. As such, surveillance and law enforcement in virtual worlds might become necessary. This will put additional strain on the capacity of current law enforcement. It is therefore worthwhile to examine whether intelligent systems can take over some of the surveillance tasks normally executed by law enforcement officers.
That’s right — Agent Smith. Schermer also touches on “artificial judges” and a number of other themes that should resonate with VB readers.
Schermer’s paper originally appeared in Liber Amicorum.
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