Introduction to the 2nd Colloquium on the Law of

Introduction to the 3rd
Colloquium on the Law of
Transbeman Persons
Martine Rothblatt
[email protected]
Definition of Persons
• A human or organization with
legal rights and duties
• Are transhumanized US
citizens still citizens?
– If no renunciation or death, still
a citizen
– Are revived persons reborn &
new citizens?
• Can non-citizens be organized
as trusts or other business
Title 22 U.S.C. Section 6010.
''United States person'' defined
As used in this chapter, the term
''United States person'' means any
United States citizen or alien
admitted for permanent residence
in the United States, and any
corporation, partnership, or other
organization organized under the
laws of the United States.
Inspired by Long-Running Colloquia on
the Law of Outer Space
• Started in 1958
• Convened Annually
• Responsible for
Preparing Outlines
of 5 Space Treaties
• Made Significant
Contribution to
Development of
Outer Space
Nixon-Kruschev 1959
Little Rock 1958
1958: First Colloquium on the
Law of Outer Space
2008: Third Colloquium on the
Law of Transbeman Persons
When Legal Efforts Began
Space: 1958
Transbeman: 2008
Outer Space
Practicality & Utility
Scientific & Military
Scientific, Medical &
Motivation for Law
Avoid Conflict
Among States
Avoid Conflict
Among Beings
Hardest Issue
Boundaries in Space Boundaries in
Action Plan
Transcend Air Law
Transcend Law of
Persons Concepts?
What Did the Experts
Conclude in 1958?
• The age-old concept of national
sovereignty over airspace had to
give way to the technological
reality of orbital overflight
• Someone had to be legally
responsible for every object placed
into space -- registration,
coordination & strict liability for
What Might We Conclude Analogous to
Our Legal Forebearers?
• Age-old concepts of
citizenship & death may
have to give way to new
techno-logical realities
• Responsibility for
transbeman persons will
need to be regularized
Proactive Legal Issues for
Colloquia on Transbeman Law
Rights & Obligations
Application of Laws
We Must Evolve Law with
Evolving Technology…
• Just as Copernicus’
theory of the Earth’s
rotation numbered the
days of old-school
sovereignty, so does
• Turing’s theory of
machine consciousness
number the days of oldschool citizenship
How Might We Do in
10, 20 or 50 Years?
AI Citizenship
Recognize Citizenship
Of DNA Humans Who
Upload Mindfiles to
Electronic Substrate Due
To Brain Disease
Shift to Information
Theory Basis of
Life & Death
Time It May Take
A Word from Our Sponsors
• Our mission is to educate
the public to
• Greatly extend our lives
• In Diversity, Unity & Joy
• Via geoethical nanotech
& personal cyberconsciousness
• Through Conferences,
Websites, Journals,
Radio, Film, Research,
Ceremonies & Practical
Practical Demonstrations of
Technological Immortality
• Preserving Mindfile
Bases for
• Evoking Elements of
Consciousness via
Mindware + Mindfiles
• Full CyberConsciousness
• Porting CyberConsciousness to New
Sleeves (Mobility)

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