sentience

noun
sen·​tience | \ ˈsen(t)-sh(ē-)ən(t)s How to pronounce sentience (audio) , ˈsen-tē-ən(t)s \

Definition of sentience

1 : a sentient quality or state
2 : feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought

Examples of sentience in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In essence, people are assigning human-like sentience to today’s AI, despite the undeniable and inarguable fact that no such AI exists as yet (see my discussion at this link here). Lance Eliot, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 Unsighted, the work of Brazilian trans duo Studio Pixel Punk, puts you in the shoes of Alma, an android who, like the rest of her robotic kin, has achieved sentience thanks to a resource known as Anima. Lewis Gordon, Wired, 16 Dec. 2021 In essence, people are assigning human-like sentience to today’s AI, despite the undeniable and inarguable fact that no such AI exists as yet. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 In essence, people are assigning human-like sentience to today’s AI, despite the undeniable and inarguable fact that no such AI exists as yet. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Traditionally, Indigenous cosmologies regarded human civilization as interconnected with the earth, attributing sentience to plants, animals, spirits, and the environment. Chantal James, Vogue, 13 Dec. 2021 All his flannels gained sentience and hacked into my laptop to blackmail me. Ashley Bardhan, Vulture, 26 Nov. 2021 In essence, people are assigning human-like sentience to today’s AI, despite the undeniable and inarguable fact that no such AI exists as yet. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2021 While sifting through studies, the researchers looked for eight specific neurological and behavioral criteria that indicate sentience. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of sentience

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sentience was in 1839

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11 Jan 2022

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“Sentience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sentience. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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