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Regulating the Tyrell Corporation: the Emergence of Novel Beings

Lookup NU author(s): David Lawrence, Dr Sarah MorleyORCiD



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Emerging biotechnologies and advances in computer science promise the arrival of novel beings possessed of some degree of moral status, even potentially sentient or sapient life. Such a manifestation will constitute an epochal change, and perhaps threaten Homo sapiens’ status as the only being generally considered worthy of personhood and its contingent protections; as well as being the root of any number of social and legal issues. The law as it stands is not likely to be capable of managing or adapting to this challenge. This paper highlights the likely societal ramifications of novel beings and the gaps in the legislation which is likely to be relied upon to respond to these. In so doing, the authors make a case for the development of new regulatory structures to manage the moral issues surrounding this new technological upheaval.

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Author(s): Lawrence DR, Morley S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics

Year: 2021

Volume: 30

Issue: 3

Pages: 421-434

Print publication date: 01/07/2021

Online publication date: 10/06/2021

Acceptance date: 11/05/2020

Date deposited: 15/05/2020

ISSN (print): 0963-1801

ISSN (electronic): 1469-2147

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0963180120000973


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