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by Hannah Leitheiser

Perfect Justice

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The End of Man?

Olof Johannesson

1968

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2020-02-17

"To eliminate any risk of justified objection to the verdict, every convicted person had the right to appeal against his sentence on the grounds that a computer had been either wrongly wired or wrongly coded. He was then given access to all the wiring diagrams and coding records, together with a punched paper tape representing the computer operation throughout the trial. He had only to point out a single indefensible error in one of the mile-long tapes for the sentence to be quashed and a re-trial ordered. Thus justice was guaranteed." - Olof Johannesson, The End of Man? (1968)

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