A strange computer called Hal is about to become sentient and then go insane.
Of course unless it is alive or sentient through other means, it cannot know about anything, even itself.
Why does an omniscient, omnipotent God allow pain and suffering to happen to sentient , living things?
What then do we do when the computer is as sentient as we are?
People frequently complain that their questions nowadays are answered not by sentient humans but by machines.
Yet that is what we, in effect, tell the millions of sentient creatures who are killed in lab experiments.
Seems you just need to tell someone they're in a team with the computer to have them start deferring to it, as if it was sentient .
It reminds me of what it'd be like if one of our probes ever landed on a planet with sentient life.
The Buddha taught that one should practice loving kindness to all sentient beings.
So he journeyed from world to world and took the souls of any sentient creature he came across.