Looking at definitions and pondering on this a bit
Sentience - I read awareness, and consciousness. This is pretty simple, the sentient machine is aware of itself, what it is, and has thoughts and opinions on this. Cogito Ergo Sum.
Sapience - I keep reading wisdom, good taste, etc.
Making a sentient machine in the Cosmic Era is not entirely difficult, and I have run with the idea of viral intelligence and the bot builder's goal isnt a sentient machine, or a sapient machine, but one that looks and acts very close to it. Thus, all of the bonuses of humanity, but none of the legal rights, protections, or moral questions.
The sapient machine is a much higher order of intelligence than the sentient machine, by the def of sentience, there are a lot of animals that pass the test. Sapience I see encapsulating the creative arts, music, painting, dance, etc. A machine can copy, a sentient machine can emulate style, but it would take a sapient and sentient machine to truly appreciate or create new art of it's own.
I also don't really consider emotion to be a holy grail of cybernetics, it would be no more difficult to capture/emulate than the basic range of human locomotion, facial expression, and linguistic capacity. Go to Comment
I suggest making a distinction between sentience (capacity of experiencing sensations) and sapience (the ability to think and act using knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight, especially in a mature or utilitarian manner). Go to Comment
I find this too over-the-top moustache-twirling irredeemable evil. A grotesque cardboard cutout; strains the suspension of disbelief. Very much like the Supernatural episode with the racist truck is just a public service announcement "racism is evil" this is just the same for misogyny. Yes, evil, NEXT! Go to Comment
MoJo is pretty foul but I can see where he is coming from. Bots are the answer to feminism-and equally women could use bots as the answer to badly behaved males, and the world would be better for it as it would lower the population. Go to Comment
Well, the name of the critter is on point! :) I also like that it wasn’t a run of the mill foot long slug but rather something diabolical. And you have to love their civic utilitarianism. And they’re somewhat lovecraftian too. I approve. Go to Comment
This can be more then just hack and slash villains. In one world they might be the moneylenders ( because they are not allowed to do much else) and be seen like Early Medieval Europe saw the Jewish people-mostly protected by the royalty and nobility but with the occasional pogrom in hard times. Or the PCs might be offered money and information by a village of these in exchange for protection from bandits. Go to Comment
The PCs are sent with a diplomat to another country to protect him and do his bidding. There may be some espionage, rescuing, downright bullying, etc. Could make a nice medieval, special operations background.