Regulating the Tyrell Corporation: the Emergence of Novel Beings

David Lawrence, Sarah Morley

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)421-434
JournalCambridge quarterly of healthcare ethics
Issue number3
Early online date10 Jun 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Jun 2021


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