Quote Originally Posted by Albedo View Post
I s'pose. But with our current model of computers, where software comes in distinct blobs that tell the hard bits of the computer what to do (this is the whole of my informed understanding of computer science), there's a layer of abstraction of command-control that just isn't there in organisms.
Does the fact that the model is different necessarily preclude it becoming sentient? And, even if it does, the key word in your post is *current*. It's possible we could change the model as our technology advances.