It may sound like something from a sci-fi flick, but South Korea is writing up a code of ethics to protect robots from being abused by humans and vice versa. Tops on their list is the issue of safety, especially now that more people are interacting with robots. Roboticists in Europe are also lobbying their governments for some form of robot rights. It's a little absurd when you think about it, but considering what's out there, who knows if we'll ever need it.
Well.. that's all well and good to avoid a Matrix style uprising of robots that turn humans into batteries, but what about robots that have the sole job of doing things that will potentially destroy them.
A 'bomb disposal' robot for example. Will they have the right to say, no, I don't want to go have have myself blown up?
Or what about robots that may get bored with their day to day repetative job of screwing that bolt into the car chassie on the production line. Do they quit and look for more work? Would they get UI?