While "S1m0ne" was hampered by poor writing, it's hitting at something very real. As our technical capacity to render realistic humans grows, the question of who owns the code and machinery that animates popular characters is going to be a point of contention between producers, studios and actors, particularly as humans age out of roles.
Virtual actors and their virtual rights have posed legal challenges for years. Deceased actors have already been recreated using computers to reprise their roles in sequels and spinoffs.
Whether or not ABB's robot gains standing in SAG-AFTRA, computers now offer directors another casting option -- which means that software and robots may eat acting jobs, too.