I thought this video was funny, but it inspired a question based on an incident that occurred on a Bay Area HOV lane: a motorist was cited for having a life-like mannequin in the passenger seat in order fraudulently use the HOV lane.
With the onset of human-like robots becoming a scary reality, it would seem likely that people would duplicate the HOV lane scam with these robots.
I imagine that the argument will be that since the robot is regarded as a real human being by its owner, because that is what is ultimately being pushed, the robot should then be recognized as a sentient being.
If you are a fan of the sci-fi series Star Trek: Next Generation, you may remember that the character 'Data' was an intelligent android created by a human, and went through a process in which he was recognized as a sentient being.
Do you think this possibility exists?