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https://thjgut  edu.au/                                                        LAW,  TECHNOLOGY AND HUMANS
Volume   1 (1) 2019                                                        https://doi.org/10.5204/Ithj.vliO.1379





      elcome to the Mutiverse Law, Technology


and Humans



Kieran  Tranter
General Editor, Law, Technology and Humans, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia









The multiverse has invaded popular consciousness from its inception in the realms of theoretical physics.' It is an intriguing
concept-this universe is but one of an infinity of universes budding and bubbling together,2 and within this multiform reality,
the laws and rules of our universe twist and change. Indeed, in science fiction, the 'parallel worlds' trope has a long legacy with
countless narratives based on the premise that somewhere in the multiverse are other Earths and other versions of you-each
living the consequences of different decisions.3

The multiverse theory is a reminder and a warning that there is not a single reality, a single perspective, only one way to see
and know  the world. The assertion of a multiverse, gleaned from attempts to synthesise the subatomic of the quantum with the
exceptionally large (physically and conceptually) of galaxies and gravity,' is an injunction to wonder, speculate and confidently
see the world anew.

But why  am I invoking the multiverse in introducing the journal Law, Technology and Humans? It is because at this moment,
when  global culture is becoming highly aware of technology and technologically driven change (often described with dynamic
modifiers such as innovation or disruption), there has been a diminishing? In this technologically infused society, culture,
economy  and even humanity are often ignored. A metanarrative of technology as a source of anxiety or hope for the future has
become  entrenched in society, and technology is commonly presented as an asocial alien force that comes to the world to cause
change. In this narrative, law, regulation, ethics and forms of human normative ordering are required to channel technological
change towards  the common  good.5 Despite the traditions within the philosophy of technology, palaeoanthropology, and
science and technology that centre technology as intimate and internal to humanity the mainstream metanarrative disregards
the complexity of the relationship between technology and humans. Therefore, legal thinking about technology-the emerging
field of 'technology law'6-tends towards speculative, doctrinal analyses that are surprisingly empty. There is an emptiness
regarding values and the future good that technology should be channelled towards by law, and regulation and ethics remain
abstract or under-articulated. There is a reluctance to commit to substantive values beyond the legacy of the positivist's
traditional concern with 'rule of law', coverage and the elimination of ambiguities and anomalies. Often the issue of values is
deferred to an amorphous 'society' or 'policymakers' or an imagined human collective ('we') who decide the end towards
which technology must be channelled.7 Human rights instruments are sometimes invocated as unchallenged trumps but without
an awareness of the contestation and critique of rights and rights discourse.



'Wolfe, Surfing the Multiverse; Kukkonen, Navigating Infinite Earths.
2Carr, Universe or Multiverse?
Csicsery-Ronay, The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, 81-2.
4Wallace, The Emergent Multiverse.
Tribe, Channeling Technology through Law.
6Guihot, Coherence in Technology Law.
Tranter, The Law and Technology Enterprise.

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                 journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution. ISSN: 2652-4074 (Online)


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