But how much more?
Plants are pretty machine-like, right? Big old factories processing stuff into different stuff. They’re super straightforward. What about insects? Teeny tiny robots homing in on food, doing their routines, mindlessly producing the next generation. They’re governed by their simplistic model of the world, the limits of what they can process.
What about fish? Mammals? People? Where do we draw the line when deciding if something’s a free agent or not? If it learns, is it no longer a machine? If it does things not out of necessity, but for pleasure, is it not considered a robot?
Self-awareness is probably a good classifier here.