I was DX late in life with autism, and I can tell you from personal experience with Social Security Disability that so long as you present yourself “controlled and managed” you are not disabled. This is the inherent issue with all psychological disorders. They are only visible to others through extreme aberrant behaviors. Otherwise, you are normal.

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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.