- William Seals
- United States
Must something be biological and not mechanical in order for that something to be considered alive?
In Theo Jansen's TED presentation, he states that his creature are alive. From the observations I myself made, his mechanical creatures seek the wind (their energy source) which they are capable of storing for later use. They stay within their optimum environment, in which they explore through what I am going to say is "touch" and protect themselves with that "touch" to move away from the high tide and drive their "heads" into the sand during storms, so they don't blow away. Many have said within the post that what eliminates them as life forms is their inability to communicate, reproduce, and evolve.
My question here is: what constitutes "life"? A jelly fish does not have a brain and yet it is considered a live animal. When a person is in a coma on life support, they are not capable of reproduction or even breathing on their own, and yet most would consider them to be alive. Are these man made creations not "alive" simply because they are just that- man made creations? What makes a man made cloned animal any more alive than these creatures?