Humans will begin to have deep relationships with automated personalities, which hold some advantages over human partners. The depth of some computer personalities will convince some people that they should be accorded more rights. A growing number of humans will believe that their computers and the simulated personalities they interact with are intelligent to the point of human-level consciousness. Human-robot relationships will have begun as simulated personalities will become more convincing. Interaction with virtual personalities will become a primary interface.
Kurzweil, Ray. 1999. The age of spiritual machines: when computers exceed human intelligence. New York: Viking.