September 29, 2022

The Legal Status of Nonhuman Animals and Artificial Intelligences, with Jeff Sebo

New Haven, CT, United States

Human use of nonhuman animals contributes to pandemics, climate change, and other global threats which, in turn, contribute to biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and nonhuman suffering. Similar dynamics are emerging in human use of artificial intelligences (AIs). New York University’s Jeff Sebo argues that, if and when AIs become sentient, our use of them will both harm AIs and contribute to global threats like war and totalitarianism that imperil us all. In this talk and Q&A, moderated by LEAP Postgraduate Fellow Laurie Sellars, Professor Sebo will connect lessons from his recent book, Saving Animals, Saving Ourselves, to issues arising from the development of potentially conscious artificial minds. Professor Sebo is Clinical Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Affiliated Professor of Bioethics, Medical Ethics, Philosophy, and Law, Director of the Animal Studies M.A. Program, and Director of the Mind, Ethics, and Policy Program at New York University. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Yale Animal Law Society, Yale Environmental Humanities, the Yale Environmental Law Association, and the Yale Sustainable Food Program.