Elon Law Professor Michael Rich recently discussed philosophical concerns about the deployment of emerging technologies capable of preventing crime on the Washington, D.C. based television program Higher Education Today.
“As I see it, I don’t think the government has a right to prevent you from being able to think about committing a crime and ultimately making that decision, wrong as it may be,” Rich said on the program. “Sometimes crime has to happen, even if we don’t like it, and even if we want to take as many steps as we can to prevent it, but without crossing the boundary of interfering with free thought.”
Rich appeared on Higher Education Today to elaborate on insights from his recent scholarship, forthcoming in the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and his 2012 New York Times op-ed titled “The Perfect Non-Crime,” examining technologies that can prevent individuals from committing crimes and the potential impacts of those technologies on individual freedoms.
Higher Education Today is a television talk show that connects viewers to contemporary issues in higher education. It is produced monthly by the University of the District of Columbia.