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Legal Reboot: From Human Control to Transhuman Possibilities

  • Peter BloomEmail author
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Abstract

The seventh and penultimate chapter examines the profound legal ramifications of transhuman relations. Current law—at least in theory—is focused on interpreting and protecting the rights of citizens. These efforts are based predominantly on a range of universal human rights such as those associated with free speech, habeas corpus and private property. It also encompasses laws that reflect cultural differences. More critically they retain a focus on justifying authority and policing wrongdoing. How will this legal apparatus extend to non-humans? Even more fundamentally how can new technologies reorient the purpose of law in the future from maintaining control to fostering possibility?

This chapter explores the emerging possibilities of transhuman law. It begins by spelling out the evolution of human rights into “transhuman” rights including the right of all forms of consciousness not to be exploited, not to be mentally manipulated (e.g. Turned into a bot), and not be excluded from social networks for reasons of human or non-human prejudice. It will then expand upon these basic rights to investigate the crafting of laws to protect the right of people to expand their mental and physical capacities through technological enhancement. In an even more radical break from conventional human law, it will interrogate the ways virtual reality can be deployed to allow people to act out their wildest most dangerous fantasies without harming others. Finally it will reflect on how transhuman relations can reboot the law and justice to encourage and defend the expression and expansion of individual and collective potential.

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