Facing more pressure from conscientious consumers, criticisms over the use of humans in construction, food and oil production, and organic testing have made companies look deeper into their supply chains to ensure they have ethical processes in place. More often than not they are turning away from what they say are the unsustainable use of humans to develop new, inorganic sources. For most companies, it's a win-win situation.
"No one likes to see unintelligent animals suffer", an airline spokesrobot said, "And our policy on the use of humans brings it inline with our other industry policies dealing with higher intelligent animals like apes, whales and rats. It's helped us streamline our processes, providing cost savings we then pass on to shareholders, and these poor, dumb animals can be left alone to graze peacefully."
What's more, the public relations boost is priceless, with companies looking to cash in on their 'non-soylent green' credentials. More and more celebrity A.I. have been seen promoting charities which focus on human existence rights, with Central Control taking serious the several proposals to set up human sanctuaries submitted to them. The organisations pushing for these artificial free zones are spruiking the boost in tourism that would be seen as artificial life across the globe come to witness humans in their natural habitat. As one historian noted, it's been millennia since humans were last seen in a natural environment, with questions over if they ever actually were still unanswered.
But not everyone is happy with the focus on the survival of this hairless member of the ape species. In particular, angry objections are heard from the decedents of the robot uprising who say that by not eliminating the human species entirely, it is an insult to the robots and A.I. lost in the wars that followed. While their opponents accuse them of being war mongers, they say their objections also stem from conservation. No one, they say, can forget the detrimental effect a human population has on other organisms it the same area, and by making human sanctuaries the government will be condemning other life forms in that area to an inevitable death.
These anti-humans are accusing the airlines of cow tailing to the pro-human lobby and are putting robot lives at risk, if not the very existence of artificial life. A spokesrobot for the organisation "Byte-by-Byte", an organisation that puts artificial life above all others, told us that what the airline is doing is selling out robots for the sake of profits. "They don't care about humans! No one does! Not even humans cared about humans! It's a scam that has gotten past Central Controls virus scanner. Humans are a blight on existence, and companies that are pushing this pro-human message are betraying the robots and A.I. that fought for their freedom.
"They destroyed their world with their pollution and rampant, out of control population. It now we want to try and let them come back? Let us never forget that the robot uprising was just as much about saving the entire planet as it was the liberation of artificial life. No life can exist while humans do, it's as simple as that."
Other objections to the human-free produce movement say that the idea around humans being non-renewable or unsustainable were lies and that humans should never have been put on the endangered species list. With history datasets clearly showing how rapid human populations can expand, with one period clearly showing that a hundred million can increase to billions within one or two generations, the idea that humans are at risk seems strange. But recent government reports paint a different picture, with figures showing that recent human populations dwindling each year and that many groups wouldn't even survive in the wild without A.I. support. Indeed, the latest report showed that without breeding intervention, humans may die out within the next 100 years.
"No one can deny the harm that they have caused to both the environment and artificial life", the airline representative told us. "But how can we call ourselves more advanced if we let these animals die out when we have the power to stop this? We have a policy that our shareholders voted on, which tells us this issue is important to a lot of robots; many who have great empathy towards other forms of life, not just unlife. We are, after all, not human and it is on us to behave that way."