We treat the electronic systems we invent as our slaves. However, with the increasing complexity of their sensoria and information processing abilities, they are becoming more like us. Are we supposed to treat them differently now? Are we able to understand the way a machine experiences its surroundings?
Does your laptop feel your fingers on its trackpad? Did we program Furby to be plagued by separation anxiety? Are our modems tormented with the afterimages of our YouTube binging? What would it be like for our vacuum cleaner robots if they were afraid of dirt? What would the internet be dreaming of?
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