It seems consciousness is the symptom of life. Since talking about consciousness arising outside of life (ai) requires semblance of the activities of life to breach the category of consciousness, it appears there is no escaping it. By transfering your outward appearance of choice selection in a given scenario (aka dissemblance) you are not introducing a shade of grey. The very word "biology" suggests a specific subject of investigation. Breaking something down from that subject and overlaying it on another subject to give it a semblance of the biological requires quite a lot of expenditure in the field of dissemblance. The fact that he does it exclusively for his family, friends and countrymen (and not, say, the family, friends and countrymen of his enemy .... in fact, at their expense) suggests otherwise. Its not even that. He is choosing the lives of a specific community (namely his) above and beyond that of another (namely his enemy). To ignore the issues of extended identity involved in warfare is absurd (and also personally dangerous, should you speak to a veteran in such a manner in a bar). Your anecdotes provide nothing to explain why the aircraft industry managed to roll out technology 70 years ago that the automotive industry is still struggling to do so in the current age. Tilting windmills. There are also good reasons uber are not doing their trials in downtown Kolkata. Not sure why you felt "ordinary" was warranted in regards to biosynthesis .... As for discussing reproduction out of its necessarily "bio" subcategory, that has never been my agenda.