This starts with competing approaches to robotics in law enforcement, like Robocop. Many themes similar to District 9. Guy from Slumdog Millionaire as naive genius programmer. The robot becomes the most sympathetic character. Programmers think software can simulate anything. Even if a program for acquiring experience were discrete, the acquisition of consciousness seems like it would require myriad interconnections. The singularity would be exciting to see, but it could get us in big trouble. I am hoping consciousness is too difficult to create in my lifetime, maybe forever. I wonder if consciousness has improved or diminished our chances for survival.