by Ambrose Bierce. Originally Published in San Francisco Examiner Apr 16, 1899. Can a non-biological entity develop sentience ... and emotions? “Are you serious? - do you really believe that a machine thinks?” I got no immediate reply; Moxon was apparently intent upon the coals in the grate, touching them deftly here and there with the fire-poker till they signified a sense of his attention by a brighter glow.  For several weeks I had been observing in him a growing habit of delay in answering even the most trivial of commonplace questions.  His air, however, was that of Continue reading