About 10 years ago, I read a sci-fi book in French. I am hoping the book exist in English as well.
The action starts in a spaceship. A scientist is studying "celestial statues" that were thought to be without movement, until they found they were very slowly moving.
His daughter is in the ship as well, and bored. She starts playing sexual game with a robot, which acquires AI (artificial intelligence) points this way. When the father discovers it, he want to kill the robot, but he has enough AI to be considered to be as human.
The daughter denounces her father and calls the AI "darling" ("chéri" in French) in a joke. Then my memory becomes a blur. They are other characters, one is named "The Bird" ("L'oiseau"). It is quite surreal!