Characteristic of a system or artefact designed by men, with some purpose.
Heteropoietic systems have an algorithmic character, or in other words, they have a very limited autonomy, or none at all.
In particular, they are unable to maintain themselves or to modify spontaneously their activity. They need to be activated, steered and controled from outside.
They are not self-reproducing, neither as a whole, nor as to their components. Machines in general are heteropoietic.
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