David Gunkel, professor at Northern Illinois University, has written an interesting new book in which he argues our moral considerations are too restrictive. Gunkel, who holds a Ph.d in philosophy, told the college newspaper NIU Today that we should expand our ethical circle to include, well … robots.  “Historically, we have excluded many entities from moral consideration and these exclusions have had devastating effects for others,” Gunkel says. “Just as the animal has been successfully extended moral consideration in the second-half of the 20th century, I conclude that we will, in the 21st century, need to consider doing something similar for the intelligent machines and robots that are increasingly part of our world.” Well that’s interesting, but what does it mean? How should we “consider” robots? Should we not…