The implementation and use of artificial human companions (AHC's) as primarily aesthetic devices raises some interesting questions about the aesthetic dimensions of a positive outcome in the strong Artificial Life (or AL) program.
Strong AL researchers hold that 'life' is a property potentially independent of any particular medium: What matters is the right connections and association of parts, not the extent to which a living thing approximates carbon-based 'life' as we know it.
There are many naysayers concerning the strong AL program. At best, such naysayers suggest that AL can assist in understanding life, but not in accomplishing the actual synthesis of life.
But suppose the naysayers are wrong, and that the strong AL program is, and will be vindicated as, a viable research program. I am thinking of the eventual artificial synthesis of living things: Not simulations but actualizations of life.
There is a distinction between 'living thing' and 'organism,' the latter often delineated in terms of autonomy. A liver or heart is a living thing, but not autonomous from the animal within which it is lodged and which is, itself, autonomous.
To what extent does the strong AL program 'map on' to the Satanic goal of ultimately producing AHC's?
It seems to me a fundamental facet, if not the primary facet, of objectifying AHC's is in their lack of autonomy, or at least their relative dependency, on the Satanist that designs them. Their production, ultimately, is for the satiation of particular Satanic ends: Generating entities that gratify a human 'need' for companionship minus the psychological leeching that often goes hand-in-hand with associating with most people.
Given this, does the strong AL program, if feasible, represent a true extension of the pursuit of AHC's? To what extent do each compliment each other, given the strong AL pursuit of entirely autonomous synthesized organisms and the Satanic goal of fabricating AHC's that are dependent on the needs, interests, and desires of the Satanist?
"What a book a Devil's Chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering low and horridly cruel works of nature."-Charles Darwin, letter to Joseph Hooker
"The universe that we observe has precisely the properties we should expect if there is, at bottom, no design, no purpose, no evil, and no good, nothing but blind, pitiless indifference."-Richard Dawkins, River Out of Eden: A Darwinian View of Life