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

Nov. 10, 2022
12:15PM - 1:15PM
SLB Room 121
Open to the Yale Community

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.

Lunch will be provided for those who register.

Professor Jeff 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. He is also an executive committee member at the NYU Center for Environmental and Animal Protection, an advisory board member at the Animals in Context series at NYU Press, a board member at Minding Animals International, a mentor at Sentient Media, and a senior research affiliate at the Legal Priorities Project.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Law, Ethics & Animals Program. 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.