I, for one, welcome our digital Overlords.
It's because Google co-founder Larry Page apparently thinks that digital beings should be treated exactly like human beings.
In his book Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, MIT professor Max Tegmark relates the story of a chat between Google co-founder Larry Page and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Musk, you see, is rather worried about robots becoming a little too big for their metallic breeches. He fears they'll dispose of intellectually inferior humans as soon as they serve no real use.
Page apparently wasn't having such a tawdry vision of our future overlords.
"At times, Larry accused Elon of being 'speciesist': treating certain life forms as inferior just because they were silicon-based rather than carbon-based," wrote Tegmark, as reported by the UK's Metro.
Larry [said] that digital life is the natural and desirable next step in the cosmic evolution and that if we let digital minds be free rather than try to stop or enslave them the outcome is almost certain to be good.