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Moral Equivalence in the Metaverse

Publication | 17 November 2022

In short

This scientific paper dives into the question “Are digital subjects in virtual reality morally equivalent to human subjects?”, from the perspective of cognitive and emotional equivalence. It builds on TechEthos’ analysis of ethical issues concerning Digital Extended Reality and expands significantly on the question of moral transfer, including themes of identity, action, responsibility, and imitating human language and appearance.


Alexei Grinbaum, Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA), Laurynas Adomaitis, CEA.

Date of publication

11 October 2022

Cite this paper

Grinbaum, A., Adomaitis, L. (2022). Moral Equivalence in the Metaverse. Nanoethics. 16, 257-270.


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