Technology and the Constitution

Carter Snead

The New Atlantis | 2004

How do emerging developments in science and technology affect the way we interpret the Constitution? This is, on its face, an enormous question. Technology and science are ever expanding, and there are many different approaches to constitutional jurisprudence. One could fill many volumes in an effort to engage this issue in a serious way. But we can also learn a great deal about the larger subject by asking a more modest question: How does technological innovation affect one particular approach to constitutional interpretation — “originalist textualism,” the belief that the text of the Constitution should be construed and applied according to its original meaning?

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