On Replication

 

There is a growing interest in self-replicating machines. Beginning with the RepRap project, and now continuing into RepLab, the open source FabLab, there is a serious effort to build machines which can build themselves.

It is a laudable goal. A machine which can make itself can also make an unimaginable variety of other machines, each unique if desired, and promises an era of material abundance and freedom from scarcity. Pursuing that goal, however, has shown the goal itself to be somewhat unclear. This is an attempt to remedy this situation.
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Published in: on November 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm  Comments (3)  
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