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How appropriate is the term "sentient" here, given that the hand is still controlled by the brain of the human it is attached to?





The technical meaning of "sentient" is "capable of feeling". It's opposed to "sapient", which means capable of thinking.

It's a reasonable adaptation of the term to have it mean "capable of transmitting touch signals to the wearers nervous system" in the context of prosthetics.


That's an unfortunate accident of technical jargon...

Oh good, I was worried that Andy Weir was a coauthor for a sec:

http://www.galactanet.com/comic/view.php?strip=665


Wouldn't "sensate" be a better word?

Yes.

I think sentient in this context means that it gives tactile feedback to the brain. It definitely won't do your math homework for you.

>It definitely won't do your math homework for you.

Hook that prosthesis up to a phone and let's see how far we can get




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