Though everybody knows "life" when they see it, a clear definition is hard to come by. A recent article in Quanta Magazine highlights work by UH Professor Susanne Still on how the concept of information might clarify this question. Prof. Still was a featured speaker at a Santa Fe Institute conference entitled "Statistical Physics, Information Processing and Biology". The Quanta article written by well-known science writer Philip Ball reflects this meeting.
https://www.quantamagazine.org/20170126-information-theory-and-the-foundation-of-life/