We still are not close to designing any self-replicating machine. That is still pure science fiction.
There are things going on in cells that make sense only if a designing intelligence saw a need and planned for it in advance.
The Venus flytrap, like all carnivorous plants, had no use for its insect-trapping function unless it also had an insect-digesting function. And vice versa.
There’s no conspiracy here, just life’s astonishing solution for admitting water into cells through “gates” while keeping lethal acidifying proteins out.
It’s time now to “surrender to the data,” which as he argues, points to the works of foresight and planning in the origin of the first life.