This Thesis contends that if the designer of a non-biological machine (android) can establish that the machine exhibits certain specified behaviors or characteristics, then there is no principled reason to deny that the machine can be considered a legal person. The thesis also states that given a related but not necessarily identical set of characteristics, there is no principled reason to deny that the non-biological machine can make a claim to a level of moral personhood.
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- Partial requirement for: M.S., Arizona State University, 2011Note typethesis
- Includes bibliographical references (p. 89-100)Note typebibliography
- Field of study: Biology