“If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?”

I guess Westworld has made this a hot topic, but even better (or at least shorter) is this article “If Animals Have Rights, Should Robots?

It turns out that, for a host of reasons the author covers, we feel moral regret when we cause or observe pain, even if the recipient can’t feel that pain, such as a robot.

At one point, a roboticist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory built an unlovable, centipede-like robot designed to clear land mines by crawling forward until all its legs were blown off. During a test run, in Arizona, an…