So often we subconsciously compare robots to humans and AI to human intelligence. The comparison limits our imagination.
Animals and robots aren’t the same, but the analogy moves us away from the persistent robot-human one. It opens our mind to other possibilities – that robots can be our partners – and lets us see some of the choices we have in shaping how we use the technology.
In the US you can get a burger at the drive-through, but we don’t eat dog meat. I think it’s likely we will do the same with robots: giving rights to some and not others.