Brief and simplified discernment to complement the following novel essay https://aeon.co/essays/what-can-schrodingers-cat-say-about-3d-printers-on-mars:
It is necessary to distinguish life as in:
1.0 Life that is based on the essence, nature, and ground of being. And nature or natural life and existence epistemology and ontology.
2.0 Life that is based on sentient (or human species in this case) constructs or human constructed epistemology and ontology.
Since sentient life is of dynamic infinite potentialities of possibilities which can transcend the known physical realm and world alive or after physical dead (spirit-soul). While human constructs objects would not even when elements and particles from such objects could permeate the cosmos (i.e. permeate as elements of and information in nature rather than as an entity (of essence and nature to the ground of being and nature) much less as a living thing as in human species). And therefore, they need to be recognized and distinguished.