The premise of the last book in a trilogy by Asimov deals with the ethical and moral question "Is it murder when a highly advanced robot is completely destroyed by a human or another robot"? from: http://www.answers.com/robots of dawn The "Robots of Dawn" is the last in a trilogy by Isaac Asimov that started off with the "Caves of Steel" and "The Naked Sun". What do you think? Imagine that you had developed a relationship with an highly evolved, human-like robot that really was as spontaneious, entertaining and as intellectually stimulating as any human you'd ever met. Now imagine that someone destroyed that robot. Would you consider it as henous a crime as murder? Would the courts agree? The medical community... etc...?