A blow to science fiction?:
Two theories of human consciousness are about to be tested in a historic contest. Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of consciousness and rival Global Workspace Theory (GWT) have sharply different implications for consciousness in machines.News, “Can machines be given consciousness?” at Mind Matters News
But first, wait a minute.We do not really know what consciousness is. That is true whether or not “our intelligence and our experiences are ineluctable consequences of the natural causal powers of our brain, rather than any supernatural ones.” as Christof Koch claims.
In a world where vast swathes of humanity have no real rights, some are possibly elated by the prospect of robots with rights. It severs the link between humanity and rights.
See also: Post-modern science: The illusion of consciousness sees through itself