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The Law of Futuristic Persons
The Terasem Movement, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that publishes two Terasem Journals. The focus is on the rights of people who will be revived from biostasis—cryogenic preservation of legally (but not irreversibly) dead or near-dead people waiting for a cure, and cyberstasis—people whose consciousness is preserved digitally.
Does immersion in virtual reality involve similar legal issues? As the technology of personality archiving gets closer, VR citizens may opt to transition from DNA to silicon existence. The legal/ethical issues they are dealing with might make you think of Arthur C. Clarke or Isaac Asimov, but relevance is relative, in light of current concerns about AI and FMRI.
For example, one of the papers in The Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness is "Pros and Cons of Corporate Personhood for Transbemans" by Dr. Martine Rothblatt: "Dr. Rothblatt imposes the legal notions of corporate personhood upon transbemans or futuristic persons, specifically those who transition from flesh-ware to software, and may lack the traditional DNA based biological substrate."
There are over 20 issues of
the above journal and their Journal of Geoethical Nanotechnology, with articles by prominent scientists, lawyers, psychologists,
etc. in the Terasem online
the disappearance of Zero Point [read
the article], we have been looking into how residents of the
Second Life virtual world can protect their assets. click
here to read
On January 6, 2014 there were 358 galleries listed on Sasun Steinbeck's Art Galleries of Second Life website. This is down from 442 in January 2013, and brings the number of galleries back to the October, 2007 level.
rate of art galleries in the Second Life®
world maintained a pattern of long term growth beginning in 2006 that was
nearly linear, with a few leveling off periods but no significant decline through 2010, when there were nearly 700 active galleries.
The statistics are kept by Sasun
Steinbeck, creator of the Art Gallery Owners Group.
here for the Art Gallery Map
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