John Niman (Distiniguished Scholar) is a J.D. Candidate at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and blogs at boydfuturist.wordpress.com and hplusmagazine.com. He shares his enthusiasm for transhumanism and technology with the law school through presentations as part of the William S. Boyd Health Law Society. John recently completed a lengthy academic paper exploring the legal definition of personhood under United States law in which he argues that personhood is not restricted to human beings currently, and ought to be based on a set of cognitive criteria rather than human DNA and biological events like quickening and birth. He hopes to push this legal argument further in a forthcoming paper where he will further argue that once machines achieve a degree of sentience such that they can meet these criteria, they too ought to be considered people under the law and, potentially, citizens of the United States.
John graduated magna cum laude from UNLV in 2008, earning his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in business law. After law school, he intends to continue exploring the ethics of transhumanist technology and merge his philosophical and legal education with a doctorate in public policy or bioethics.
- Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs - from cancer-sniffing sensors to muscle printing
- Who Should ExtraTerrestrials Speak To? Who Should Talk to Them?
- GMOs: The Future Of Food
- Property Law and Outer Space
- Rise of the Military Robot
- Why Lance Armstrong’s Doping Doesn’t Matter
- Cyborg Possibilities – The Head (Part One)
- Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2)
- Cyborg Possibilities – The Arms and Legs (Part Three)
- Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality and their Impact on the Law
- The Future Is Bright: Some Musings On Solar Power
- Musings On Robot Sex Dolls and Companions