Artificial Personhood or What makes an artifact a person

  • Mario Verdicchio (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


In a great number of science fiction novels, comics and movies, human beings
interact with highly advanced androids (robots that look and act like humans)
in ways that, in the real world, are exclusive to relations among humans (friendship, familial love, sexual love). Should technology in the real world one day make such artifacts possible, would we interact with androids in the ways depicted in these works of fiction? In other words, could we consider an android a friend, a family member, or a partner? In this talk I will try to single out the key factors that characterise these imagined relationships and I will argue that they contribute to the creation of a wider concept of personhood that transcends the human species.
Period2 Nov 2017
Held atUniversity of Virginia, United States, Virginia
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Personhood
  • Science Fiction
  • Future
  • Philosophy of Mind