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by Hannah Leitheiser

Perfect Justice

#future #computers #OlofJohannesson

The End of Man?

Olof Johannesson




"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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