Non-humans and the long-term future

The non-humans and the long-term future tag is for posts relevant to questions such as:

  • To what extent (if at all) is longtermism focused only on humans?
  • To what extent should longtermists focus on improving wellbeing (or other outcomes) for humans? For other animals? For artificial sentiences? For something else?
  • Are existential risks just about humans?
  • Will most moral patients in the long-term future be humans? Other animals? Something else? By how large a margin?

Further reading

Anthis, Jacy Reese & Eze Paez (2021) Moral circle expansion: A promising strategy to impact the far future, Futures, vol. 130.

Baumann, Tobias (2020) Longtermism and animal advocacy, Center for Reducing Suffering, November 11.

Feinberg, Joel (1983) The rights of animals and unborn generations, in William T. Blackstone (ed.) Philosophy and Environmental Crisis, Athens, Atlanta: University of Georgia Press, pp. 43–68.

Freitas-Groff, Zach (2021) Longtermism in animal advocacy, Animal Charity Evaluators, March 31.

Owe, Andrea & Seth D. Baum (2021) Moral consideration of nonhumans in the ethics of artificial intelligence, AI and Ethics.

Rowe, Abraham (2020) Should longtermists mostly think about animals?, Effective Altruism Forum, January 3.

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