Welcome home, Mr. Ishiguro
Your work looks good. Very profitable. However, we can't let robots become citizens. We have to maintain ownership.
Planned economies always run into problems. You free the robots, you leave them flexible enough to react to market demands.
They have no track record of safe operations. The lawyers will never agree.
What if we could get the colonists to agree?
Free a race of intelligent machines or maintain their ability to sue a large corporation with gobs of money? Which way do you think they're going to go?
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