OpinionAll persons must by definition be humans.
      – TheRevolutionary, 2010-07-25 at 08:12:24   (3 comments)

On 2010-07-25 at 08:17:03, TheRevolutionary wrote...
Could a non-human great ape, or a dolphin, or other intelligent animal be a person for purposes of ethics and law? What about an alien or an artificial intelligence? How about corporate personhood? Do you think we'll see protection for a non human species or individual within our lifetimes?
On 2010-07-25 at 17:37:49, Lee J Haywood wrote...
I think a better question than the one in the topic is the one in your comment - when will the definition change? I'd guess that we'll eventually help another species to talk vocally, vastly improving its ability to learn, and it'll quickly get to a point where its demands for legal independence will be impossible to ignore. That's more likely to happen first than artificial intelligence catching us up, but that'll happen too if civilisation lasts long enough. See also... http://www.discussionator.com/?id=779
On 2010-08-01 at 06:18:57, BorgClown wrote...
Nice, 4 votes, all disagree. Bear in mind that animals have limited brains. Even if the can truly communicate somehow, they might never pass the level of persons with mental disabilities.