Category: University of Washington School of Law

No Breaking, Just Entering: Smart Home Technology Lets In Unwelcome Visitors

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By: Noelle Symanski

“Alexa, let my ex see all the things I purchased off Amazon and the list of commands I gave you.” This is not a command that a smart home technology user would be expected to give, but this command may still be a reality for users of these devices. Smart technology is creeping into homes at a steadily growing rate. In fact, 29 million homes in the United States used some type of smart home technology in 2017 and smart home technology is expected to be a $150.6 billion industry by 2023. Amazon, Google, Ring, and Nest all market smart home gadgets to consumers. Smart home technology users can adjust their thermostat, turn off the lights, or check who is at the door without even being home. Gone are the days of wondering whether you forgot to lock your door behind you – just check your app and turn the key from anywhere in the world. Appropriately, Nest’s slogan is “Control your home at a glance.”

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Blockchain Creates Lucrative Opportunity for Movie Fans and Investment Firms


By: Jack Miller

In the near future, producers, investment firms, and fans may benefit from the use of blockchain technology to fund movie production.

Only a small portion of the movies produced are profitable, a few blockbusters each year drive profitability. Because of this profit structure, movie producers often buy the rights to ideas producers think could become a great movie, but ultimately decide to not produce the movie for a variety of reasons, one of which is a lack of consumer demand.

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E-Smoke and Mirrors: Why Expecting E-Cigarette Manufacturers to Solve Teen Vaping is Futile


By: Jake Plovanic

In September, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave Juul Labs and four other manufacturers of e-cigarettes 60 days to provide a detailed plan for keeping their products out of the hands of the nation’s youth. An insufficient response from manufacturers could have resulted in the FDA handing down a ban on the sale of Juul’s top-selling flavored nicotine pods. The deadline expired this past Tuesday, and in a surprising move, Juul announced a voluntary withdrawal of most of its flavored nicotine products from retail stores.

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Hacking Humans: The Cutting Edge of Grinder Biotechnology


By: Ariana Morello

What is Biohacking?

Biohacking is a form of biological experimentation that combines biology with technology and is performed outside of a typical scientific research environment. Unlike traditional hacking which involves unauthorized, harmful intrusion, biohacking is comprised of a positive, consensual “hack” on the body’s organic systems in order to improve its functions. The goal of biohacking is to maximize human potential, thus, contributing to the transhumanism movement. Biohacking often occurs through self-experimentation.

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Pay-To-Not-Play: Apparel Companies Get Creative in Their Endorsement Deals with Young Athletes


By: Dalvin Yarbrough

Since 2005, high school NBA prospects were required to wait one year before being drafted and realizing their dreams of becoming household names. The “one and done” rule, as it has been aptly named, was implemented by the NBA to protect young players but has caused headaches for many of them. Athletes have a few options during their year before NBA eligibility to – play college basketball, play overseas, or take the year off to train privately. Once that one year is up, not only can these kids join professional teams and play for pay; they can sign lucrative endorsement deals with companies looking to find a transcendent athlete they can build their brand around. But the year-long wait to fame and fortune may no longer be necessary for some athletes – sort of.

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