My daughter was watching a Disney movie called "Robots". I got to thinking while watching it "At what point do robots become real to people?" In other words at what point do people consider robots to be alive like animals?
I was amazed at the answer I came to. They will be considered real on an individual basis much like animals and people. Some babies will always consider robots to be real like people if they grow up communicating with them. However, for adults it will be in a case by case basis. It basically depends for adults on when they cannot really tell the difference between robots and any other lifeform like humans, animals, birds, fish or other creatures. At this point there will still be differences between looks, and style of communication but there might not be any other useful difference on an individual basis.
I think there will always be people who are against them and want to destroy them all but if robots and computer based sentient apps prove themselves to be more useful than destructive the majority of people will still want them around and so likely they will be here as long as there is a way to power them. Solar cells and wind powered generating fans for robots anyone?