personhood

Connecticut Lawsuit Is The First To Claim Elephants As Legal Persons

Connecticut Lawsuit Is The First To Claim Elephants As Legal Persons

Yesterday, the Nonhuman Rights Project filed a petition on behalf of three elephants being kept at a Connecticut zoo. The suit demands that the court recognise these animals as “legal persons” and release them to sanctuary, but given that the same legal team failed to secure similar personhood rights for…

When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights?

When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights?

Films and TV shows like Blade Runner, Humans and Westworld, where highly advanced robots have no rights, trouble our conscience. They show us that our behaviours are not just harmful to robots — they also demean and diminish us as a species. We like to think we’re better than the…

Why Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics Can’t Protect Us

Why Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics Can’t Protect Us

It’s been 50 years since Isaac Asimov devised his famous Three Laws of Robotics — a set of rules designed to ensure friendly robot behaviour. Though intended as a literary device, these laws are heralded by some as a ready-made prescription for avoiding the robopocalypse. We spoke to the experts…