Bioethics 31 (2):393-399 (2017)

Derek Shiller
Princeton University (PhD)
If it is within our power to provide a significantly better world for future generations at a comparatively small cost to ourselves, we have a strong moral reason to do so. One way of providing a significantly better world may involve replacing our species with something better. It is plausible that in the not-too-distant future, we will be able to create artificially intelligent creatures with whatever physical and psychological traits we choose. Granted this assumption, it is argued that we should engineer our extinction so that our planet's resources can be devoted to making artificial creatures with better lives.
Keywords obligations to posterity  principle of procreative beneficence  human extinction  artificial intelligence
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DOI 10.1111/bioe.12340
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