For those that do not know, the tardigrade is a microscopic animal that can survive:
- extreme heat
- extreme cold
- extreme levels of radiation
- lack of water indefinitely
- lack of food indefinitely
- and even the vacuum of space
Tardigrades can be found on every continent including Antarctica (rare for any animal).
Basically, tardigrades are the apex of survival based evolution. But can we make them sapient? Obviously the first problem is their size, but even ignoring their size (let's say they live on a world with low gravity), is it possible for an animal that matrix's like the tardigrade to be sapient?