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<p>Complex systems are getting to the point where it almost feels as if "someone" isthere behind the interface. This impression comes across most strongly in the fieldof robotics because these agents are physically embodied, much as humans are. Webelieve that this phenomenon has four primary components: A system must be able to (1) act in some reasonably complicated domain, (2) communicate with humans using a language-like modality, (3) reason about its actions at some level so that it has something to discuss, and (4) learn and adapt to some extent on the basis of human feedback.</p><p>These components all contribute to various aspects of the definition of "sentience." Yet, we obviously can combine these basic ingredients in different ways and proportions. This special issue, therefore, examines what sort of interesting recipes people are cooking up.</p>

L. S. Lopes and J. H. Connell, "Guest Editors' Introduction: Semisentient Robots-- Routes to Integrated Intelligence," in IEEE Intelligent Systems, vol. 16, no. , pp. 10-14, 2001.
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