Are robots persons? Extraterrestrials? AI? How about humans?
Prof. Jim Mcgrath: ReligionProf Podcast with Juli Gittinger, author of Personhood in Science Fiction: Religious and Philosophical Considerations
Nerd-alert! Says good friend of CIC Jim McGrath:
Tags: artificial intelligence, personhood, science fiction, souls
In Personhood in Science Fiction, Juli L. Gittinger does more than merely survey or even analyse the treatment of persons human, alien, and android across some of the most popular sci-fi franchises of recent years. She engages with one of the most puzzling and ethically challenging questions there is, in conversation with everyone from philosophers to neuroscientists to theologians―and yes, of course, our most beloved science fiction authors. Although engaging with highly technical matters, Gittinger does so in a way that is impressively accessible. The result is a book that is of great significance for all the aforementioned fields and many others, and deserves to be read and discussed widely. Juli L. Gittinger skillfully leads readers on a quest for the souls of androids and aliens, and in the process helps us discover and explore our own.