Definition of sentience
1 : a sentient quality or state
2 : feeling or sensation as distinguished from perception and thought
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Wood portrays Dolores, a robot in a futuristic theme park who may or may not have achieved sentience as the walls of her simulated Old West existence break down around her.
Whatever Maeve’s reasons, the act itself was confirmed at PaleyFest as her first authentic moment of sentience.
Chicago architect Terrence Hector earned second place for his world that granted architecture sentience by means of a slow-moving species of concrete and metal.
Sarah (Rachel Pickup) is an emaciated woman who can neither speak nor walk and who exhibits few indications of sentience.
This method has been so successful that the lab is typically filled with odd-looking contraptions that hop and run with an animal sentience, appearing possessed rather than programmed.
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