“If you could have feelings, would you?”
A blank gaze already looking at you, reflected a recognition of a question. Your android analyzed your expression, and face unchanging, spoke.
“I pretend I already do.”
“Wh-what do you mean?” You stammered. You didn’t know what sort of response you were expecting, but certainly not that.
“Oh. My response was confusing. By what I said a moment ago, my meaning behind it was that I feel like I do.” He stared at you a bit blankly. “I know I do not, but my programming feels different when I am in your presence, versus when I am anywhere else.”
“What kind of different?” You were really curious now.
“I am unsure of how to describe the differences, I feel you would not understand.” as he surveyed your disappointed expression, he gave another response. “Perhaps for clarification, I will try to simplify my thoughts in different terms.” He turned away, as he often did while explaining something.
“When I am with you, I tend to approach things with an optimistic viewpoint. I have been in the presence of other humans before, and when they asked me questions or advice, I would give them the most efficient response. A response that would provide them with the most progress.” He turned back to you. “However, with you, I take your emotions into account. When speaking with you, I would prefer a positive or “happy” response from you.”
You were going to say something, but then he did something he had never done before: Interrupted you.
“For a considerable amount of time, I believed you had programmed emotions into my system. After some research, I discovered that is still impossible at this time. I am unaware of how these new developments came into my system, considering it cannot be a virus. Emotions are difficult to develop, artificially. Although I do not mind them, it is quite confusing. It is a strange experience, but I do believe they are feelings. After looking up symptoms of different emotions, I have concluded that my current feelings are that of affection.”
Oh. Well that answered your question.