Should we extend legal rights to social robots?

If you've ever played with an AIBO or a Pleo or owned a zippy little Roomba vacuum cleaner, you know how easy it is to treat robots like they're living, feeling things. But does that mean that we should consider granting legal protections to the robots designed to attract our empathy? » 9/09/12 1:00pm 9/09/12 1:00pm