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As a corollary to my other question I was wondering about this:

Once Quorra enters the real world does she become human or is she something else? i.e. Is she a living, breathing, human being with blood, sweat, and tears, is she some kind of human appearing 'alien', or is she a synthetic creation like a robot?

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I really don't like the title of this question. I'm not sure it is much a spoiler to say either the character's name or maybe "Are entities leaving the Grid human now?" As it stands the title isn't very useful to anyone. –  Jack B Nimble Jan 7 '13 at 15:56
    
I've changed it, didn't want to have spoilers for the ending of the movie but it does kind of cramp the question –  user11295 Jan 7 '13 at 16:23
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I find the lack of hot pictures of Olivia Wilde in leather to be quite disconcerting. –  Richard Nov 27 at 11:29

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Flynn spoke about Quorra as a solution to all of the real world's problems.

Kevin Flynn: Yeah. The last ISO.
Sam Flynn: All this time, you were just protecting her.
Kevin Flynn: She's the miracle, man. Everything I ever worked for. "A digital frontier to reshape the human condition."
Sam Flynn: I always thought that was a plug line.
Kevin Flynn: In our world, she can change everything.

This leads me to the conclusion that she didn't rematerialize as a human. Or maybe she is the perfect human, with no flaws (ie such as maybe no genetic flaws, or perfect disease immunity or something). I don't think she is an android, if a program came through it would just try to complete its programming. Perhaps she is a new lifeform that takes on the shape of a human.

This is the same answer I gave to a similar question on Movies.SE.

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Although, if anyone can enter the grid and they get an identity disk then shouldn't it be possible to "fix" a regular human while they are there? –  Xantec Jan 7 '13 at 16:30

When Sam was playing the games, we see that he can still bleed. His blood can be seen on the floor, which exposes him as a user.

So, no, Quorra is not human in the real world, and she can still derezz.

On the other hand, she is not a "true" program, so I could be wrong. We won't know for sure, unless someone makes Tron 3.

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My (very) speculative answer is that Quorra is indeed a flesh and blood human. The laser in the original Tron was capable of "digitizing" matter into information stored in memory while suspending atoms or molecules in the laser, and then reconstituting the object at a later time (see here for a brief description).

Since Flynn and Sam were both successfully digitized and reconstituted using this technology, it stands to reason that Flynn could "build" a human being from scratch given proper ingredients (e.g., ~ 140 lbs of atoms of the right type and proportions: C, H, O, N, etc.) + assembly instructions. The assembly part would be difficult to code to say the least, but perhaps Flynn could use a shortcut by borrowing assembly code from other humans that had been scanned in.

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According to the Art of Tron : Legacy book, the tubes under the digitising laser are used to contain the CHON elements. In the absence of those elements, how could the laser turn her into a flesh and blood human? –  Richard Nov 27 at 19:29
    
@Richard - Good question. One possibility is that the digitising laser was still storing Flynn's atoms from his final trip into the Grid. After Sam returned to our world, Quorra could have "borrowed" Flynn's atoms when she was reintegrated as a human being (which perhaps CLU was planning on doing had his plan succeeded). It's also possible Flynn maintained backup tanks of elements in storage in his secret office under the arcade. –  RobertF Nov 28 at 1:50
    
Good call. I forgot there was already a set of elements in the tanks. –  Richard Nov 28 at 2:29

A human goes trough the "portal" to the grid and they, not being data, is "translated" into code. The same goes the other way around.

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Do you have any references to back up this idea? Does this definitively occur in any of the books, shows, etc? In the movies, Quorra is the only being to originate as digital and enter the "real world". –  phantom42 Dec 9 '13 at 17:29
    
As I said, the jury is still out. Maybe Jeff Bridges knows the answer. –  user35971 Nov 27 at 2:19

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