The ethics of artificial intelligence, enhanced supersoldiers, and animal sentience
Societies grant citizens rights on the basis that they can think for themselves and exercise their rights well – but what happens as this framework is increasingly challenged? Should artificial intelligences or intelligent animals gain basic legal rights? Should bio- or cyber-enhanced supersoldiers, or those bred to have no fear or empathy, lose the right to vote? If democracy cannot be reworked to address pending expansions and contractions of sentience, it may not survive the coming century. Can philosophy and science work hand in hand to build a better system of governance?