IT'S ALIVE...IT'S ALIVE!! Hehe...nice analogy I agree and quite apropos especially given todays climate of machine technology, android development, brains in a box (no offense to Marius or the DG Story!).
It is a subject that is worthy of discussion, reflection and noting because I think it will only become more focused in the future.
There are hundred or thousands if not more developers, researchers, scientists, experimenters and hobbyists plying their respective trades in order to come to grips with AI or simulated intelligence in its raw form and in a practical form. To "perfect" the knowledge base as it applies to their particular application then install it into a servicable 'assistant' be it a wheeled or biped creature is still the plan of many. To create their own mechanical Frankenstein, droid, robot, servant, would give them recognition, power and wealth for as we all were told, "Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door!"
To improve on an 'original design' takes courage, stamina, determination and deep pockets! May the best one win!!