Were going to get slightly off topic here, but as it is linked with the actual topic I'm going to go ahead with it.
We refer back to your 'if it feels pain it has rights' coment for a moment. I for one agree with you, in fact i would go one further actually and say if it is alive, can think for itself (on whatever level) it should have rights.
But we know that to not be the case don't we? In this country, it is illegal to feed snakes live mice. Why? Because mice feel pain. It is not illegal to feed insects to retiles etc. Why? because their nervous system is much slower, by the time they might feel any pain, they would already be dead.
Ahhhh I see you thinking, but elephants have a similar nervous system don't they...yes they do...and again the 'rights' of elephants as a species are different again.
Thus is my argument. laws and rules are not made by normal, decent law abiding, good intentioned people like us. They are made by politicians, and sorry to say this, but they do have a universal, intrinsic set of ethics as a group of people. They think of themselves soley 100% of the time with complete disregard to everything and anything (disagree?).
Go back to my earlier sentance regarding birds. The sparrowhawk and kestral are protected birds in this country. Why? Because they are rare. The pidgeon and starling are not. Why? Because they are seen as vermin and a nuisance. That in itself says a lot about the way humans (not all of us) act and think.
We are like that as a race (the majority) because we really do see ourselves (majority) as the greatest species on the planet (matter of debate for another thread).
Tell me honestly, regardless of what it was, be it a fly, moth, spider or insect, have you ever killed anything because it was 'in the way' or 'annoying' you at the time? I value all life and believe that all living creatures have a right to be here just as much as we do (if not more) but I will admit to killing things over the years without giving it a thought.
And that is my argument. 'We' will not make the laws and rules on AI's rights...politicians will...and as we know....they look after themselves first regardless of what is right and wrong.