Will Science Fiction Become the New Reality?

"Indeed, panelist Peter Asaro—philosopher of science, technology, and media at The New School—said that machines aren't legal or moral agents. So if humans give robots responsibilities or rights they don't deserve, he said, it could cause problems for society.

As humans and robots engage more frequently, it will become increasingly important for robots to develop empathy, Asaro said.

“If they're going to interact with us socially, they're going to need to understand social structures,” he noted."