Robots won’t ever feel a thing. Not now, not in their existence. They don’t know what a feeling is. The leadership dilemma here is that as humans, we are nothing but emotional, passionate creatures. We have a limbic system, our emotional brain, that responds before we can consciously process the emotion.
The Next Gen Me, the Next Gen You
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Will Robots Ever “Feel”?

Why won’t robots ever feel anything? Or have a limbic system? There is absolutely no theoretical reason why they cannot. If we assume that an analogue of the human brain can be “built” using electronic components (for example), there is no reason to believe that such an artificial brain could not “feel”.

The problem is, we have no idea what a “feeling” is. In fact, we don’t even know if other people experience emotion the same way we do. Is my version of “happy” the same as yours? Our inability to understand such subjective concepts limits our ability to comprehend whether a non-biological “life form” could experience the same things you or I do.

So here’s an interesting thought experiment (which I will accredit to David Eagleman, but it probably predates him), not totally unrelated to The Turing Test 

Let’s assume you are a real human being — how can you be sure anyone else is? With sufficiently advanced technology, an artificial biological life form mimicking a human could be constructed, so how can you be sure any of us are real? How can you know if we are experiencing emotions similar to yours, or whether we are all just “simulating” emotional responses?

Sleep tight.