Might as well get the ball rolling here.
What do you think?
I would say a soul is acquired.
Like if a servitor can gain a measure of sentience over time do we treat it as being alive?
Of course a servitor can be placed in a machine,
it can be created or develop over time due to people interacting with it and pushing their own thoughts and ideas into it.
Like an egregore, a focus point to collect these ideas etc.
But the argument may be,
it is just a product of our thoughts, is it worthless? we can cannibalize it (take back its energy).
Then are we at the same mercy of whoever’s thought extension we are, as should we be at the mercy of it, or does it allow us a measure of free will to exist and grow, knowing undoubtedly the energy shall eventually return with experience and knowledge.
For there is no doubt that there will be ghosts of machines or androids, if they live long enough.
Is life just locked to flesh?
Certainly not in this universe.
the variety is far more astounding, even to the point where they are finding life, or evidence of it on venus.
But android/machines are emerging here soon if this path stays stable.
I don’t think much people have realized our evolutionary influence on dogs, and the far deeper wealth of emotions and non-typical brain development in the common dog.
They have become more like humans then their wilder counterparts.