This article discusses how the law has approached disparate socio-technological innovations over the centuries. Precisely, the primary concern of this paper is to investigate the timing of regulatory intervention. To do so, the article makes a selection of particular innovations connected with money, windmills and data storage devices, and analyses them from a historical perspective. The individual insights from the selected innovations should yield a more systematic view on regulation and technological innovations. The result is that technological changes may be less momentous, from a regulatory standpoint, than social changes.

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Kolacz, M.K, & Quintavalla, A. (2019). The Conduit between Technological Change and Regulation. Erasmus Law Review, 11(3), 143–150. doi:10.5553/ELR.000112