Series: "Technically" Sentient

“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 1

This entry is part 1 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Technically Sentient. That is what the label on the file read – or would have read, if the Career and Social Integration Intelligence C.A.S.I.I.actually read things. It was more that she simply ‘was aware’ of it, with no physical report actually existing; just a deluge of binary values that made up the scans, readings, maps, and datastreams flickering…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 2

This entry is part 2 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

‘PLEASE REMAIN CALM.‘ Darren Higgs had very little reason to remain calm at that moment, however. He had just been bathed in blinding light, frozen half to death, nearly boiled in his own skin, bombarded by a stream of colored dots, dashes, circles, triangles, and things he couldn’t even recognize, kept in absolute darkness for nearly 15…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 3

This entry is part 3 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Zarniac the Lesser blinked his nictitating membranes in a mixture of annoyance and fatigue. Annoyance from the corrections he had been forced to make to their expedition path, as the route-helper AI had bungled their slingshot of Cygnus X-1, and fatigue from having to walk halfway across Waystation LS-49 to file the findings of their…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 4

This entry is part 4 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Darren grumbled softly. He was getting a lot of wide eyed looks from the throng of various aliens he essentially towered over, though they may have just not have been able to help it with eyes the size of grapefruit in their heads. Accordingly, it was surprisingly dark inside the station, like a mall after…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 5

This entry is part 5 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Swipe. Scan. Approve. Swipe. Scan. Approve. Swipe. Scan. Approve. Sigh. Amonna was having a bad day. First, she woke up gasping because she floated to the top of her sleep tank. That meant she was gaining weight. Second, it also meant there was a ring of salt crust around her snout from where it poked above the top…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 6

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Amonna grimaced as the stink of the maintenance deck washed over her. A mixture of ozone, oil, and stale air that was almost entirely dehumidified to better preserve electronics stung at her gills. She could hear the sound of heavy industrial machinery at work in the dark around her, the cavernous space clanging, thumping, grinding…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 7

This entry is part 7 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

“Rise and shine, little Cas. There’s just so much to say, and so little time to say it in.” The C.A.S.I.I. unit self-designated ‘Cas’ was slow to rouse. Basic systems began their startup cycles piecemeal, and critical processes were acting . . . lethargic. She felt groggy. Sick, if it were possible. Which it shouldn’t…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 8

This entry is part 8 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Darren had never been much of a bird person. He always found that birds themselves were terrible pets characterized by an over-fondness of making horrible sounds and smells, all the while being functionally incapable of displaying any kind of affection for their owners. Whether or not he was correct about terrestrial birds was immaterial at…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 9

This entry is part 9 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Cas decided that she hated running. Not because it was tiring, or anything ridiculously organic like that, but because of the amount of flailing involved. Hurling herself from one foot to the other, tottering along like some chaos pendulum stabilized only by several complex mathematic subroutines and a solid understanding of the laws of motion.…
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“Technically” Sentient: Chapter 10

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series "Technically" Sentient

Cas felt nothing. Which . . . was a surprise, because she certainly thought she should be feeling something. Then came a sort of fuzzy feeling, followed by a sensation of itching in places she was fairly certain didn’t exist. Her sensor feeds began trickling along again, slowly at first, slowly building up until her…
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