how similar is this to a virus(since a virus is technically non-living)
Why does life need a definition? Can't we just agree that it's a subjective property?
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attack of the monoliths?
I do wonder what is in the future, how complex will we be able to take creation of life? Will we have the ability to generate and create any lifeform at will? An ability to custom develop life itself, manipulate the very fabric of nature. If we pursue these goals, it could revolutionize humanity as we know it.
While viruses don't necessarily meet the biological definition of "living," you can still technically refer to them as "organisms."
Honestly the textbook definition of "alive" is pretty sketchy and really seems like it's a catch-all, rather than an actual definition. It'll be nice when scientists and engineers start making physical and simulated artificial lifeforms that meet all the "criteria" of living so we can finally throw all that biology dogma out the window and give life a less shitty definition.
Which would be pretty funny, as it would mean the first form of "life" we created was solely made to annoy and fuck with other people.
Humanity in a nutshell.
We can always make a new textbook definition if we ever come to an agreement about what life should be though.