"Robots rights" movement will lead to acceptance of Artificial Intelligence being equal to Humans'

Ray Kurzweil : writer, futurist
The rise of Artificial Intelligence will create a real "robot rights" movement, and there will be open, public debate over what sorts of civil rights and legal protections machines should have. The existence of humans with heavy levels of cybernetic augmentation and of larger numbers of other people with less extreme cybernetic implants will lead to further arguments over what constitutes a "human being." Although computers will routinely pass the Turing Test, controversy will still persist over whether machines are as intelligent as humans in all areas. Artificial Intelligence will claim to be conscious and openly petition for recognition of the fact. Most people will admit and accept this new truth.

Kurzweil, Ray. 1999. The age of spiritual machines: when computers exceed human intelligence. New York: Viking.