The eve of awareness equity?

I just started diving into the new article on io9: "When Will Robots Deserve Human Rights?" by George Dvorsky.

The link: http://gizmodo.com/when-will-robots-deserve-human-rights-1794599063

"[Ed] Boyden [a neuroscientist and an associate professor] doesn’t believe there’s conclusive evidence showing we cannot replicate consciousness in an alternative substrate (such as a computer), but admits there’s disagreement about what is important to capture in an emulated brain. 'We might need significantly more work to be able to understand what is key,' he said."