“We hold these truths to be self-evident” … except for synthetic sentience?

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Zanzibar: A Journey in Film and Art: Memory of Slaves

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Asimov’s Posthuman Pharisees: The Letter of the Law Versus the Spirit of the Law in Isaac Asimov’s Robot Novels

Leslie-McCarthy Griffith University Sage journalsonline

Abstract

“This article examines the ways in which the Robot Novels of Isaac Asimov provide a useful case study for important posthuman legal considerations. In advocating an understanding of law and justice that focuses on the spirit of justice as opposed to formalistic considerations, Asimov demonstrates the challenges that artificial intelligence or robots may pose to the posthuman legal system. It analyzes the legal concerns raised in each of the Robot Novels: The Caves of Steel (1954), The Naked Sun (1956), The Robots of Dawn (1983) and Robots and Empire (1985), and suggests that Asimov’s portrayal of posthuman justice emphasizes the necessity of formulating “law” that is underpinned by a notion of the fundamental kinship of “intelligentbeings rather than a nominal equality within what is fundamentally a slave society. [see also and] Law, Culture and the Humanities 2007; 3: 398-415″

(full article)

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Newcomb’s commentary: “The moment the slave resolves that he will no longer be a slave, his fetters fall. Freedom and slavery are mental states.” Mahatma Gandhi

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