Though "bots and bytes" may be seen in performance (or appear to be), without the presence of a living being there's something palpably missing--the smell of mortality and the mystery of its vanishing; "liveness" is not living.
Herbert Blau (English and Comparative Literature, Emeritus) has had a distinguished career in the professional theatre. He helped introduce American audiences to avant-garde drama in some of the country's first productions of Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, and Harold Pinter.
Part of the "Why Live? The Value of Live Performance in a Digital Age" series.