How different are people from droids really? Our brains are no more than complex computers, mathematical equations. The only difference is how advanced they are, and what they are composed of. Our brains use chemicals and organic tissue instead of capacitors and memory chips, but the result is the same. Every time we do anything it's a result of our brain coming to the conclusion that that is what we must do. Consider the moment of the biggest decision of your life. One that you had to weigh every option and emotion before making. Do you think you could have made a different choice in that moment? Even if you regret it now, that's because of new information. If you reset time to that moment however, and replayed it 1000 times, with the exact same moment occuring over and over, would your response ever differ? With everything being the same, every minute detail, your brain has the exact same information to work with, would it ever come up with a different response? I don't think it would. I think our brains are extremely powerful computers, and I think they process a cast amount of information. They certainly learn, adapt, and continue to build upon the way they compute those decisions, and every brain is certainly different and would compute the information differently, but with the exact same structure and the exact same information, I think the exact same brain would always come to the exact same conclusion. Unless the values change, the result is always the same. Two plus two is always four. Are droids really all that different? They display a capability to learn and change, just as we do. Some of them aren't very smart, but some of us aren't either. their minds are less advanced, less capable of processing the vast amount of information we put into every thought, but they function the same way. In that way aren't they at least on the level of animals? It's an interesting dilemma. It grinds against the very fabric of the idea of choice that we as humans cling to so much. Without that choice, what happens to individual responsibility? If every choice is simply the calculated result of an inputted equation, then how can anyone be responsible for what they do? I can't definitively answer that, but I roconcile it with this: No matter how you arrive at decisions, be it a complex equation or some obscure, indefinable essence, soul or other thing, in the end, what you do is what you do, and what you do is who you are. Thus, even if the choices you make are the only ones you can come to, you are responsible for them. You are you, and no one else is, so when it comes to responsibility for what you do, it falls upon you alone. We don't let a virus inhabit our computers out of mercy because it's malicious actions are all it knows how to do. We take actions to correct the problem. That's how I see it anyway. I regret I won't survive long enough to see what humanity will do when it encounters a machine based sentience, and has to come to terms with what it implies.