Does this spell the beginning or the end? It certainly seems like its a case of when will this happen, not will it happen.
If the human brain can exist then surely it can be reproduced artificially. Computers of the future may actually be grown, not built. If there is a biological component to an artificial life form and it becomes self aware then should it have rights?
Recently, I read that they had introduced human genes into rats and sheep so that they can have a more human like model to perform medial research upon, but does this not mean the animals are part humans? At what point do they have rights?
The future seems to be filled with peril. one slip up and our fragile existence could be snuffed out in an eyeblink. Watch this space…