Image via WikipediaGreat apes think ahead. Apes can plan for their future needs just as we humans can – by using self-control and imagining future events. OK, they still are apes (chimpanzees, orangutans) and much less intelligent than (most) humans. (however in a particular test apes outsmarted japanese college students)
But what if some rich guy decides that he wants to buy a brain implant for his pet chimpanzee that doubles or triples or … its intelligence ? What if the chimp becomes as smart as an average man ? Would it still been treated as an animal ? An animal reading the newspaper, sending e-mails, … It is not yet possible, but some experiments are heading in that direction.
I saw the same problem in a science-fiction film where a robot worked his lifefime to become acknowledged as a man. Yes, it is SF, but is it not our not so far away future also ?