I’ve sometimes wondered about the likes of The Animatrix and Battlestar Galactica, whether if we do produce AI that wants to be alive or have other rights, will we be mature enough to give them those rights. I really hope we will be, but people are pretty slow to adapt to change. But! We’ve had lots of sci-fi stories to help us ponder and prepare for that day. Maybe we’ll have prepared ourselves. (If you haven’t seen The Second Renaissance from The Animatrix, then definitely watch it.)
Sadly, from the looks of this article on TechDirt and its comments, from a generally intelligent community, it looks liked here’s no hope we’ll skip the atrocities the next time there’s an oppressed group in our society.