Artificial intelligence and life are not things we would generally think of in the same context. Yet, in writing 'The Pattern Ship' I had to create the impression of it being relatively normal to enable the plot to move forward.
It patently isn't. Even in the future sentience in an artificial intelligence is going to come at a massive cost to everything around and involved with it. Imagine puberty, the rollercoaster of emotions and the swinging extremes of moods. This would be worse by more than tenfold and without measure in an awakening sentience. It might go on for years before settling to something of a level where reasonable behaviour could be expected.