Fleshy Research, 2014
As the field of robotics begins to embrace artificial intelligence, more autonomous agents are produced. Domestic and social robots are beginning to join humans more and more in everyday life. Research shows that humans develop stronger psychological bonds with robots than with other objects. Humans are prone to anthropomorphism - they assign human-like qualities to things they perceive to resemble human cognition and emotion. This research is leading to a discussion in the legal and engineering communities about extending second-order rights to social robots.