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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 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 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 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 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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