Artificial Life? Is it possible?

Is it possible to create artificial life? Here is a few lines of code for thought:

// Artificial Life? Is is possible?

if (bacteriaResponds) {
feedBacteria;
else {
encourageBacteria;
}

while (bacteriaIsTrainable) {
bacteriaConductsElectricalCurrent;
}

Before further explaining this code, let me first propose the following questions:

  1. Is bacteria trainable?
  2. Is bacteria capable of conducting an electrical current?

The answer to both of these questions is an astonishing yes:

  1. Bacteria is trainable
    Delft University of Technology. (2010, November 21). Researchers train bacteria to convert bio-wastes into plastic. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 5, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/11/101119083224.htm
  2. Bacteria can conduct electricity
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bacterial_nanowires

If the answer to both these questions is yes, then theoretically, it would be possible to create an artificial life form, a hybrid mesh of bacteria and an electrical circuit with firmware written in Java.

This is one of many works in progress, by your’s truly, Michael A. Stratton.

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subversively encouraging
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