He is obviously some sort of idiot then. I mean he can't even speak properly! What a dunce!
And as for the contraptions he has made, well I am sure we all made those years ago!
Lets post our own better inventions here! Oh yeah, hang on, we don't have batteries in the cameras...
I'd say the key element in his 'invention' isn't that he's made "life", but that he's gotten people to re-think what "life" is.
For one thing, people trying to build AI have been over thinking it way too much. Life is simple. One guy figured a computer would spontaneously become sentient by simply feeding it an enormous amount of data and letting it grow like a child. That's how it'll eventually happen, tho his project didn't get very far.
As for this dude's 'bugs', how is it so different from others? He's growing them, giving them a fundamental understanding of their existence, making them self-sufficient, releasing them and watching them react to their environment.
I just got back from a convention this week and he was one of the guest speakers on Tuesday. He joked around a lot, but it was kind of weird to listen to him talk about them being alive and evolving. Neat stuff but the guy is definitely... Shall we say "dedicated?"