Mr F (17 year old heir apparent) says, how would we know if a robot had feelings?
I said, you know because if you say something rude to it, it cries. But then, replied Mr F, that simply means that someone programmed it to cry.
Suppose someone programmed me to cry. Maybe they did. How would I know. (Why should I care?)
Mr F is firmly of the opinion that people are no more than complex robots (and so are ants, and dogs, and cats, much as we love them). All of this will be irrelevant for all practical purposes, UNTIL the day when we make robots that cry, and on that day – we will have to decide whether robots have feelings or not. Because if they do, it would be mean to say rude things to them, put them in shredding machines, etc, and if they don’t, I guess we can.