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John Niman

John Niman is an Affiliate Scholar, and a J.D. Candidate at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and blogs at and He shares his enthusiasm for transhumanism and technology with the law school through presentations as part of the William S. Boyd Health Law Society. John recently completed a lengthy academic paper exploring the legal definition of personhood under United States law in which he argues that personhood is not restricted to human beings currently, and ought to be based on a set of cognitive criteria rather than human DNA and biological events like quickening and birth. He hopes to push this legal argument further in a forthcoming paper where he will further argue that once machines achieve a degree of sentience such that they can meet these criteria, they too ought to be considered people under the law and, potentially, citizens of the United States.

John graduated magna cum laude from UNLV in 2008, earning his B.A. in philosophy with a minor in business law. After law school, he intends to continue exploring the ethics of transhumanist technology and merge his philosophical and legal education with a doctorate in public policy or bioethics.



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Solar Power From Space: A Revolutionary Concept

How The Grinch Stole an NFL Gnome – The Future of Manufacturing and Distribution

"Mind Controlled Prosthetic Legs and Exoskeletons"   futurologist  (Oct 1, 2013)

"Transhumanists In Love: Technology vs. Biology"   Ethical Technology  (Aug 16, 2013)

"Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt3"   Ethical Technology  (May 9, 2013)

"Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt2"   Ethical Technology  (May 5, 2013)

"Prosthetic Technology and Human Enhancement: Benefits, Concerns and Regulatory Schemes Pt1"   Ethical Technology  (May 2, 2013)

"Towards Rights For All People"   Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness 8(1)  (Apr 29, 2013)

"Cyborg Possibilities – The Arms and Legs (Part Three)"  (Feb 10, 2013)

"Cyborg Possibilities – The Torso and Skin (Part 2)"  (Feb 4, 2013)

"Cyborg Possibilities – The Head (Part One)"   boydfuturist  (Feb 2, 2013)

"Why Lance Armstrong’s Doping Doesn’t Matter"  (Jan 20, 2013)

"GMOs: The Future Of Food"   boydfuturist  (Jan 7, 2013)

"The Mailbag: First Contact"   boydfuturist  (Dec 30, 2012)

"Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality and their impact on the law."   boydfuturist  (Dec 29, 2012)

"Rise of the Robot"   BoydFuturist  (Sep 11, 2012)

"Some Brief Thoughts On Immortality"   BoydFuturist  (Aug 28, 2012)

"Neat Cell Phone Tricks"   BoydFuturist  (Jul 18, 2012)

"The Future Is Bright: Some Musings On Solar Power"   BoydFuturist  (Jul 8, 2012)

"Rebuilding The Human Body"   BoydFuturist  (May 31, 2012)

"Musings On Robot Sex Dolls and Companions"   BoydFuturist  (May 18, 2012)

"Synthetic Life, Blood Vessel Printing, Jaw Transplants, and other Medical Breakthroughs"   BoydFuturist  (May 13, 2012)

Recent Multimedia
Soylent Update Keto Version   2014-07-29

Soylent Experiment: First Impressions   2014-06-10

Voluntary Cybernetic Enhancement   2014-06-03

Soylent The Not People Food Alternative   2014-05-31

Brain Zapping Concerns   2014-05-23

Past Appearances
Niman @ Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (Charleston, South Carolina - Feb 23, 2013)