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Define what "life" is first.
reply to post by Krazysh0t
In other words, a pointless discussion?
I didn't say that, you did.
An extension of the OP's question. If we were to take a person and download all their memories and thoughts into a computer so that they are completely a machine, but can still think and reason like a human, are they still alive?
reply to post by NoRulesAllowed
We would have created intelligence, but I don't think we would have created life. Scientists have toyed with the idea of inoganic life, by means of constructing a living organism from inorganic materials... A brain is just that. A brain.
You would still need a vessel to contain that brain before it could be considered "life" IMO. Imagine your computer was capable of sentience, the case would still be a case. The equivalent of you or I wearing a jacket. If the case were integrated into the system, however, then I'd be willing to admit that the sentient computer is "alive", as it then has a body... it has become an organism, not just a complex thought box.