What makes Synthetics a synthetic? (spoilers)

#1Kirbye2006Posted 4/19/2012 1:19:29 AM
Two of the possible endings to ME3 have to do with Synthetics; the Destroy (all synthetic life) and Synthesis (fusing organic and synthetic life). Yet how is the Crucible (or anyone) supposed to tell what is or is not a synthetic?

Take the Geth for example. Mass Effect presents this race to us as an example of synthetic life. But when the individual unit leaves it's platform, and there is no consciousness there, then wouldn't the platform simply be a machine? The same thing applies to EDI and her mobile platform.

So what exactly makes a synthetic life form a Synthetic?
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#2vampheneix6Posted 4/19/2012 1:21:00 AM
Kirbye2006 posted...
Two of the possible endings to ME3 have to do with Synthetics; the Destroy (all synthetic life) and Synthesis (fusing organic and synthetic life). Yet how is the Crucible (or anyone) supposed to tell what is or is not a synthetic?

Take the Geth for example. Mass Effect presents this race to us as an example of synthetic life. But when the individual unit leaves it's platform, and there is no consciousness there, then wouldn't the platform simply be a machine? The same thing applies to EDI and her mobile platform.

So what exactly makes a synthetic life form a Synthetic?


That it was not created from organic material and that it does not contain cells or biological fluids.
#3IokuaPosted 4/19/2012 1:22:10 AM(edited)
synĚthetĚic; [sin-thet-ik] adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, proceeding by, or involving synthesis ( opposed to analytic).
2.
noting or pertaining to compounds formed through a chemical process by human agency, as opposed to those of natural origin: synthetic vitamins; synthetic fiber.
3.
(of a language) characterized by a relatively widespread use of affixes, rather than separate words, to express syntactic relationships: Latin is a synthetic language, while English is analytic. Compare analytic ( def. 3 ) , polysynthetic ( def. 1 ) .
4.
Also, synĚthetĚiĚcal. Logic . of or pertaining to a noncontradictory proposition in which the predicate is not included in, or entailed by, the subject.
5.
not real or genuine; artificial; feigned: a synthetic chuckle at a poor joke.
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#4PraetorianGhostPosted 4/19/2012 1:21:06 AM
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#5Kirbye2006(Topic Creator)Posted 4/19/2012 1:25:58 AM
So what's to stop the ending from destroying all machines? Computers, ships, electronics that are made from metal? Destroying all buildings with metal incorporated into them. Killing all biotic implants in biotic users throughout the galaxy?

Being made from a synthesized material isn't enough to distinguish Synthetic life from other things
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#6LocomotorPosted 4/19/2012 1:26:04 AM
Congratulations, you figured out the main reason why Synthesis makes absolutely no sense.

Geth are much bigger problem though. Let's say they are synthetic. The problem is, Geth are... software. So... yeah. They can't become part organic.

What about Quarians. They are linked with their suits, so... their suits are now part organic too... I guess.

I'm not even gonna try to explain how your DNA has anything to do with it. Maybe all life forms have the same DNA now? I don't think Mac Walters even tried to think about it.

Oh wait... space magic, carry on.
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#7DeathRabbiPosted 4/19/2012 1:27:43 AM
Kirbye2006 posted...
So what's to stop the ending from destroying all machines? Computers, ships, electronics that are made from metal? Destroying all buildings with metal incorporated into them. Killing all biotic implants in biotic users throughout the galaxy?

Being made from a synthesized material isn't enough to distinguish Synthetic life from other things


Self awareness.
#8Kirbye2006(Topic Creator)Posted 4/19/2012 1:40:47 AM
DeathRabbi posted...
Kirbye2006 posted...
So what's to stop the ending from destroying all machines? Computers, ships, electronics that are made from metal? Destroying all buildings with metal incorporated into them. Killing all biotic implants in biotic users throughout the galaxy?

Being made from a synthesized material isn't enough to distinguish Synthetic life from other things

Self awareness.


The Reaper ground forces aren't self aware...

How would one tell whether something is self aware anyways? I don't think the Crucible's beam somehow performs the mirror test on every single thing in the galaxy (or whatever other test we use to test self awareness).
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#9BhelliumPosted 4/19/2012 2:06:16 AM
*shrug*
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