Give me a way to test something for qualia, and I'll get right to it.
Give a way to describe the sensation of 'green' without the definition becoming circular (and obviously referring to its wavelength is woefully inadequate).
Robots will be able to sense green and ultraviolate
Yes, they'll be able to in the same way a smoke alarm detects smoke, or a microphone detects sound. Sensing something like this is not the same way as experiencing it. They don't experience 'red', just 'crunch the numbers' after sensing its wavelength.
I think it will become very apparent in the 2020-2030 period.
I agree. Automation is a wonderful thing and will change the way we live for sure (for the better).
I believe that their programmers are responsible for their behavior until they do pass a self-awareness and responsibility test. Then they're autonomous of their programmer.
Even if the robots do this pass this hypothetical test, that would only make them *appear* to be sentient, self-aware or conscious. I still doubt robots would be able to feel anything such as experience the colour green or the smell of coconut in the same way we do. That then begs the question, what makes us different from them?
In these kind of discussions, people will fall over themselves giving reasons why we'd still be above these hyper-intelligent robots, whilst trying to avoid any mention of the 'soul' word. I suppose it may cross their minds, but unfortunately, that kind of thing is out of bounds for objective scientific discussion, as it falls outside the realm of experiment and testability (regardless of its potential actual truth). Philosophers may be exempt here, but even then it seems to somewhat taboo these days.
Anyway, yeah I think this 'soul' thing has something going for it, and no I'm not otherwise religious in any way.
1: Install F.lux - a popular utility to reduce the colour temperature of your PC's screen at night.
2: Get a cooling fan to provide pink noise. This helps drown out any random noises. Also helps during the summer to have it cool your face as you sleep. During the winter, I have a heater right next to it, so warm air is wafted at me.
3: Get blackout curtains to prevent light pollution.