From Cyberspace to Outer Space: Existing Legal Regimes Under Pressure from Emerging Meta-Technologies
Rita M. Lauria
Metalaw®.US an Alliance of Metalaw®; Univeristy of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism; Media Interface & Network Design (M.I.N.D.) Labs
George S. Robinson
Robinson and Associates, P.C.
November 7, 2012
33 U. La Verne L. Rev. 219, 2012
Traditional legal definitions and concepts may need altering in response to technologies that advance faster than our jurisprudence can respond. Rapidly advancing technologies hold the potential to create what we refer to as humankind. Major areas of Anglo-American law may need to be extended in response to the impact upon culture and society that advances in cyberspace and biotechnologically integrated artificial intelligence bring. For example, the concept of personhood currently extends to living human beings and to a limited segment of non-humans, like legally-formed corporations. Such concepts may need to be extended to accommodate different forms of embodiment created by virtuality media, artificial intelligence, and other advanced technologies.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: Humankind, transhumanism, biotechnologically integrated artificial intelligence, virtuality media, cyberspace, Anglo-American law, personhood
Date posted: April 7, 2013