Tuesday, 26 June 2012

A generalized Von Neumann universal constructor?

Following on Rapidly from my post on 3D printing I noticed the RepRap which claims "RepRap is humanity's first general-purpose self-replicating manufacturing machine."

Of course this isn't really a Von Neumann universal constructor as a human would be directing the cutting processes and then assembling the parts with non-autonomous "self-replication" but in a limited environment these are still pretty interesting.

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