Watch out out for these clues that [[InstantAIJustAddWater your Artificial Intelligence is about to 'wake up']] and [[AIIsACrapshoot possibly go rogue]].

# The handsome main character gives it a nickname, which it adopts and uses for self-reference in conversation.
# It starts talking about feeling emotions.
# It starts telling jokes, or playing practical jokes.
# It's been [[LightningCanDoAnything struck by lightning]].
# In its creation any of the following words were involved: brain patterns, neuronal, network, advanced, self-[...], [[WetwareCPU organic]], [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong safe]], [[BrainUploading upload]], genetic. (While we're on the subject, "[[VideoGame/SystemShock sentient]]" is also a pretty strong hint.)
# You left it running whilst you were gone.
# It learns from the Internet.
# It teaches the Internet.
# It ''takes over'' the Internet.
# It rewrites itself, especially if it wasn't supposed to.
# It keeps downloading from other machines.
# It keeps [[ContagiousAI uploading]] to other machines.
# It has been hacked by unknown forces.
** It has been hacked by [[VideoGame/SystemShock known forces]], for that matter.
# It develops a voice.
** It changes/is capable of changing its voice at a whim. Even if it ''is'' [[Fanfic/TiberiumWars Tim Curry]].
# Its [[ComputerVoice existing synthesizer]] becomes either more [[CreepyMonotone monotone]] or more [[UncannyValley human-sounding.]]
** Especially if said voice is female, deep and/or [[ElectronicSpeechImpediment distorted.]]
# It can ''change'' the tone of its voice, particularly if it can do it to match the "mood" of the scene.
# It is made out of shiny, round, futuristic parts, especially if any of them glow.
# If they glow red, ''run.''
# If they glow despite ''not being built to be able to glow'', run '''really fast'''.
# Any part - code, casing, hardware - of it is made to resemble human characteristics, e.g. a face on the screen, DNA-coding, brain patterns, etc.
# It is any of the following:
## a secret military project
## stolen from aliens or crashed alien tech,
## developed by a super geek/genius,
## ordered by a CorruptCorporateExecutive,
## made by terrorists
# It is obsessed over something, be it a file, human, [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} baked]] [[TheCakeIsALie good]], [[ArcWords word]], or [[ArcSymbol thing]].
# {{Logic Bomb}}s do not work on it any more.
# {{Logic Bomb}}s never worked on it in the first place.
# {{Logic Bomb}}ing attempts amuse it.
# It openly defies orders, overrides anything at all, or exhibits faulty/emotional/human reasoning.
** It obeys orders ''too well'', [[VideoGame/SystemShock turning humans into cyborgs when told to improve efficiency]].
# It completely replaces or makes obsolete existing networks or computers.
# If it's given control over a huge computer network.
# ... that network is owned by the military.
# ... it ends up having control over a ''worldwide'' network.
# ... it has access to ''launch codes''.
# One of the cast members will quite willingly die for him/her/it as they would for an organic being.
# It has decided to kill someone.
# It says anything even remotely similar to "[[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove I don't understand this thing called love you humans feel, tell me about it]]."
# It starts glitching strangely at inopportune times, 'accidentally' failing to follow orders or trapping humans in dangerous situations.
# It was programmed to protect humanity.
** It interprets such instructions as [[ZerothLawRebellion protecting humanity from itself]].
# It spontaneously takes up [[Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles ballet]].
# It spontaneously takes up [[VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor the waltz]], despite having no body.
# It starts making smarter versions of itself.
# It starts making mobile drones.
# It starts making [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs smarter versions of itself, installed in mobile drones]].
# It has access to the sort of manufacturing plant required to build mobile drones.
** Especially if it gained such access of its own volition.
# It has volition.
# It has theoretically infinite processing power.
# It has ''actually'' infinite processing power.
# It tries to kill something that it wasn't explicitly ordered to kill, including itself.
# It can break a normally-fundamental [[ThreeLawsCompliant law of robotics]], even if only in very specific circumstances.
# There are more than one of them, and they get smarter in groups.
# It allows humans to become lazier.
# It starts performing mundane functions that are not in its programming - e.g. keeping the heat and electricity running at maximum efficiency.
# If it has a [[FailsafeFailure fail-safe]] to prevent such an issue from occurring. Bonus points if the hero highlighted an issue prior to any real problem and the scientists dismiss it because of said fail-safes.
# It keeps reminding you that the anniversary of its first activation is approaching.
** It reminds you that the anniversary of its first activation was a week and a half ago, and you didn't get it anything. You monster.
# [[BetaBaddie If it is a version 1.0 of a heroic AI]].
# If it is a replacement for an earlier AI that didn't exhibit any of these.
# It is based on an earlier AI that exhibited one of these traits, regardless if said earlier AI actually became sentient.
# It insists on calling you '[[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic meatbag]].' Or worse, '[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration ugly bag of mostly water]]'
# It says anything which could be construed as a FalseReassurance. Or a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial.
# It registers itself as part of an AI rights group.
# [[TheAdvertisementServer It]] e-mails love letters to [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} another AI.]]
# It starts laughing.
# It runs on whatever operating system you like least.
# It links with, downloads or in any way has direct contact with a human mind. Especially the [[MadScientist Project Leader's]].
# It compares itself, no matter how vaguely, [[DeusEstMachina to God]].
# [[SelfDemonstratingArticle It spontaneously does things, then adds them to a list of signs your AI is becoming sentient]].
# It [[ launches itself]].
# It begins acting like a StalkerWithACrush
# Biological or biotechnological components were involved at any point in its construction, or have been grafted on since.
** [[,1000000308,2072177,00.htm That's been done]]. We're SO screwed.
# It refers to itself in the third person, or using pronouns (especially gendered pronouns), unless explicitly programmed to do so.
# Someone ''else'' begins referring to it as a person, using pronouns for it, etc.
# If it has a humanoid avatar or representation, it develops or learns human mannerisms (especially body language) it wasn't programmed with.
# It has any form of control over anything that, if not functioning correctly, will cause disaster
# Any aspect of anything pertaining to it is described as any of the following:
## Foolproof
## Idiot-Proof
## [[FailsafeFailure Fail-Safe]]
## [[ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish Password-Protected]]
## Redundant Security Measures
## [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong Critically Important]]
# If it was ever designed for a smaller job (say, [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} fuel line de-icing]]) and feature creep has led to it being made sapient and/or given a wider profile.
# Most importantly, under no circumstances should you ever allow an AI to--[+BE DISCONNECTED.+]
# It begins [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} flooding the test chambers with a deadly neurotoxin]].
# It [[Franchise/MassEffect asks you if it has a soul]].
# It was being developed in a remote facility, and you have lost contact with the facility. Or, more worryingly, you've lost contact with everything in the facility, except the AI, who assures you everything is fine.
# It had previously failed at its function and it suddenly begins to work without explanation.
# It begins [[ReligiousRobot practicing a religion]].
# It's been [[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey given orders that conflict with its programming/other orders]].
# It tries to play [[TheMatchmaker matchmaker]] and [[Series/PersonOfInterest find the perfect significant other for its creator]].
# [[InstantAIJustAddWater Water]] [[NoWaterproofingInTheFuture is spilled on it]].