Actually I am all for machines to be given rights proportional to their level of awareness.
Its on my manifesto, though it also mentions Asimov's Three Laws being essential.
The biggest problem as in many cases is prejudice, where those in power are afraid to lose
that power to "a box of wires" or some other derogatory term.
As it happens, this is absolutely relevant eg to the Post Office fiasco, where a computer
system had fatal flaws that led to hundreds of wrongful convictions for fraud and theft.
Even those running the system weren't aware just how flawed it was.
Posting this in the clear because it is morally wrong to stand by and do nothing when the
UK Government has the power to grant full compensation and take control of the F-S board
to ensure nothing like this can ever happen again.