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Questions tagged [sentience]

To be used when referring to the sentience of a being or normally non-sentient object e.g. Herbie ('The Love Bug') is a sentient car.

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What happens to someone who destroys a Star Wars Droid?

Some Star Wars Droids are definitively sentient beings, but it appears that they are not treated as such. The Legal Status section of the Droid article of Wookieepedia (which have no references) said ...
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Story [novel, novella?] that featured faster-than-light or hyperdrive gained from observing distant drive use, also had a sentient star

I have little recollection when I read this, but it started with people observing indications of some special engine use many lightyears away, and it led them to 'reverse-engineer' the traces to ...
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Sentient Bomb in a city on the moon?

I would like to know the title of the short story that I believe takes place on the moon. The setting is a mall or some other very public location and the main character is a police officer. She ...
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The Moriarty Sentience Problem - A.K.A. Why isn't the Enterprise computer considered sentient?

In Elementary, Dear Data, Geordi instructs the computer to create an opponent to intellectually best Data. The conceit of the episode is that the computer does just that, and creates a sentient ...
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Story where scientist communicates with cities directly

In the story, a scientist discovers that cities have more or less a gestalt consciousness, and that they communicate with each other indirectly through people. He decodes this communication, and ...
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Do the minifigures have any control of their actions within the LEGO world?

Spoilers for The LEGO Movie below. In The LEGO Movie we eventually learn that Within the LEGO World, are all the minifigures' actions manipulated by humans, or do they control themselves to any ...