Below is figure 1 from the Macklem paper I just promoted in the previous entry:
Now, I’m just using my intuition to think out loud here, but when it comes to answering my first question from the last post, I’ve put a red X to designate where I would place man-made machines and a green X to designate life’s molecular machines. It would seem to me that man-made machines would be a little further from the edge, more toward the ‘stable’ end of the continuum. As we have seen, life’s machines self-assemble, which means they must readily access the range of “fluctuations” to carry this out while man-made machines must be assembled with hands (or their proxies). Any thoughts?