failures art wrote:
Would our concept on life change if computers became self aware and individualistic?
It depnds if such computer entities were self replicating and were subject to Darwinian evolutionary forces or not. If they were not, they may very well be sentient, but they would not be alive in the most fundamental sense.
Not that the above would matter, in my opinion, insofar as whether we should or should not afford such sentient beings certain rights as we afford to humans. Sentience, it seems to me is more important than being alive when it comes to deciding whether such rights should be conferred.
Life is one route to sentinece and is what we might describe as a bottom up approach to the engineering of sentience. The kind of intelligence being designed in computer currently is a form of top down engineering and may possibly end up at the same point of sentinece. The sentience
is what matters. The specifics of the engineering approach to getting there is just the operational details.
A flower is alive. But, I would contend one would feel less emotionally comfortable stimulating the pain sensers of a computer based analogue of a human mind compared to cutting off the head of a flower.