Novelette: Glitch by Hugh Howey | #battlebot achieves #freewill. #robot #scifi 

A battlebot gains the will to live. About 5,000 words or a half hour read.

It is a classic ‘first contact’ or ‘first sentience’ type story. My main objection to these is that by Integrated Information Theory we know that all systems with information, exclusion and integration have a level of consciousness.  Thus the differences between one and another are a matter of degree rather than kind.

Otherwise it is an engaging read, I give it four stars.

The first story in the Robot Chronicles, you can get the whole set as an ebook for under $5 on Amazon.

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