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James All depends on what you mean by free will. You are programmed every bit as much as Justice of Torin is, albeit that Justice of Torin was programmed intentionally while you are programmed by millions of years of evolution.
Pep If you could define "free will" I would be happy to answer the question.
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Boris Budeck I think the intention of the author was to make the Radch warships conscious sentient beings with a free will that has been tampered with by the Emperor. If you volunteer for the army in times of war to defend your country or for some religious cause you will find yourself in much the same position as the warships (only a matter of scale). At many points you will ask yourself if all you do (terrible things) is made out of freewill, you will have to decide this for yourself over and over again. Unfortunately in the novels these inner conflicts are not presented (well).
Nenad Nesic She's an AI, Artificial Intelligence, so yes. Furthermore, she has emotions - we can philosophize about it, but my opinion it doesn't matter whether emotions are biological or "artificial", as long they amount to the same thing/result.
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