Novel Entanglements of Law and Technology
Chapter 1: Introduction: Diana’s onlife world
Early morning Diana wakes up to the sound and light of her alarm clock that has been tuned to her mild winter depressions, lifting her mood by an increasing intensity of light and massaging her brains with music that has been shown to invigorate her at that point of the day. The house has woken up slightly earlier (turning on the heating, setting the coffee, and sorting out upcoming assignments and incoming communications). While she goes about her morning routine the house picks up her mood and prepares the roadmap for her smart car, depending on whether she is ready for a high adrenalin ride that may save her time or would prefer a routine trip that will take longer due to traffic jams. The fridge compares notes with her cupboards on this morning’s caloric, fibre and nutrient intake to calculate how she could balance her diet during the rest of the day – forwarding the daily diagnosis to her smart phone, which will get in touch with whatever food store or restaurant she may decide to visit for lunch or dinner. After walking the dog Diana is advised to take public transport as the house finds her nervous and a potential risk for dangerous driving. Diana is free to take the car – since the inferred danger does not cross a certain threshold – but her insurance premium may rise if the car indeed detects fatigue or risky behaviour.