Command Theory, Control and Computing: A Playwright’s Perspective on Alan Turing and the Law

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Abstract

This paper is about how To Kill a Machine, a play written by the article’s author about the life and work of mathematician and cryptanalyst Alan Turing, has inspired legal research into the nature of law. The questions posed by Turing: “what are computable numbers?” and “can machines think?” are reimagined as legal questions concerning the nature of law, law’s assumptions about appropriate behaviour, and a re-evaluation of Austin and Hart’s approaches to the command theory of law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-23
Number of pages17
JournalLiverpool Law Review
Volume35
Issue number1
Early online date19 Dec 2013
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Apr 2014

Keywords

  • turing machine
  • turing equivalence
  • command theory
  • law and literature
  • loss of control
  • murder
  • Law and literature
  • Turing equivalence
  • Loss of control
  • Turing machine
  • Command theory
  • Murder

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