Technological systems have advanced considerably over the past decade, particularly as a result of artificial intelligence. Autonomous vehicles, surgical robots, delivery drones etc are likely to become widespread in the very near future and new systems and innovations are being introduced almost daily. Some of these systems have the capability of interacting with people on a near human level. Virtual assistants, with smart voice recognition systems, for example, interrelate with humans seamlessly in fulfilling numeorus household and professional tasks, including turning on the heating or lighting, typing out text and sending messages. The internet of things has enabled them to become even more integrated into homes and other private and public spaces, making such places even more smarter. As systems begin to advance and start to become intricately woven into the various aspects of professional, social and human life, a number of wider communication and ethical questions will arise. Some of these, of course, will touch more broadly upon the rights of consumers, engineers and developers, and the extent to which people should be free to buy and innovate. However, in what frame and to what extent will it also be right and fair to ask about machine rights too, such as communication, both now and possibly in the future? This presentation will interrogate these questions.