Glenn Cohen on animals, AI and morality

At TEDxCambridge, the leading bioethics scholar brings his message to the masses

This fall, Glenn Cohen ’03, Harvard Law School professor and faculty director for the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, delivered a talk titled “Are There Non-human Persons? Are There Non-person Humans?,” which explored how law and morality should accommodate animals and artificial intelligence alongside human beings. The talk was presented before a crowd of more than 2,300 at the Boston Opera House as part of TEDxCambridge, an independently-organized TED event, and one of the longest-running and largest TEDx conferences in the world.

Glenn Cohen faculty portrait

Professor I. Glenn Cohen ’03

A leading scholar of law and bioethics, Cohen is the author, editor, or co-editor of several books and book chapters, including “Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics” (Oxford Univ. Press 2015), and (with Holly Fernandez Lynch) “FDA in the Twenty-First Century: The Challenges of Regulating Drugs and New Technologies” (Columbia Univ. Press 2015).

He has authored more than 100 articles, which have appeared in a wide range of outlets including the Stanford Law Review, the New England Journal of Medicine and the New York Times. Cohen was selected as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year, as a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar Award recipient in Bioethics, and currently serves as a fellow of the Hastings Center, a leading bioethics think tank. His free online HarvardX course Bioethics: The Law, Medicine, and Ethics of Reproductive Technologies and Genetics has enrolled more than 20,000 students to date.