I agree that once AI, or any machine of our making, has emotions, then we face deeper ethical questions. And I don’t mean of simple sentience, but of rights that we strive for as humans. I find many human rights focus to end suffering, and the emotional pain that comes with that suffering.

With a machine that could feel pain, but also express actual complex emotions showing suffering, really is a paradigm moment. That moment that goes beyond the Turing Test and exceeds the definition of sentience.

I explore some of this with my sci-fi writings with the androids who have what I call Emo-ware (see https://www.rosellatolfree.com/home/what-the-fing-is-emo-ware). The fundamental problem with my android culture is because many of these androids are “recycled” and “repurposed” they suffer from mental issues and other problems.

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Seth Underwood

Seth Underwood

54+ autistic, undiagnosed dyslexic, sufferer of chronic migraines, writer of dark science fiction, player of Genshin Impact and Mike Pondsmith Fan. Race- Human.