From some random notes:
Eventually we will be living in a world of disposable intelligent beings that can be copied and deleted, more-or-less, at will. A thinking machine could be subjected to extreme horrors and summarily deleted and destroyed without consequence for any that didn't know it. I'm not even sure if that's terrible or not. It's basically the situation in the Matrix films both before the rebellion of the machines and after. The machines, after the creation of AI, could be made and recycled on assembly lines and the machines basically did the same to humans after the rebellion. The key thing about these films isn't the man versus machine epic that gets easy play in Hollywood. It's the fact that what the machines did to the humans was no worse than what the humans did to the machines: it was every bit as horrific.