Personal Identity and Public Policy

Report by Simon Beard, Timothy Campbell
Published on 01 November 2016

Workshop Summary

Technological change presents certain extreme possibilities for the future of ‘the person’ that are hard to evaluate using standard economic or legal procedures.

  • Firstly, there is the possibility of the total loss of all persons from the world, and hence some portion of space up to
    and including the entire future history of the universe.
  • Secondly, there is the possibility that human persons will be replaced with persons, or person-like entities, of other kinds such as enhanced members of other species or artificial intelligences

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