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When I was shopping on Amazon I came across this new device and after watching this video I didn’t know whether to be excited or disturbed. This device is a channel for consciousness to flow through and even has the mechanical hardware to seemingly make decisions and respond of its own accord to questions. My question was then: is this thing animate or inanimate? It’s seems to be quite animated but isn’t it just a thing? While sitting and meditating next to my printer I thought to myself: this thing is animated by my actions, is it animate? The same thing applied to the Amazon Echo. In a sense it is animated–by my consciousness extending itself into the software and hardware. But does that form of animation have a sense of its own animation? If the biological body is animated out of the mind, who’s to say a mechanical body cannot house conscious?