Robots are Ruffling Feathers in the Science and Human Rights Arenas

Sep 07, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

The ethical challenges with robots have always slightly stumped regular Joe Schmo's when it comes to weighing their practical abilities with their technological abilities to mimic and process human emotion. But as robotic technology becomes more advanced, and robots begin to surpass human ability, the question of "robot rights" enters the limelight as well. Robots are now playing a role in the development of solar technology, and their legal rights have been thrown into question.