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Nov 13, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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Adrian Cho

Making Machines that Make Others of their Kind


1.
If you take the DNA out of the environment of the cell, it’s no longer self
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replicating



Chirikjian provides this reasoning to explain why it’s alright for his self
-
replicating machines to oper
ate in complex purpose
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built environments with tracks,
special gates, slopes,
et cetera
. Nail down your own definition of self
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replication and
explain whether his argument is correct, and why, or whether his argument is wrong,
and why. Be clear about wha
t makes a human self
-
replication
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is our
DNA

the self
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replicating ‘element,’ is it our entire person/body, or is the notion even larger than a
single individual?


2.
By the end of this article, it ought to be clear that what
self
-
replicating

means,
and eve
n how and who does it today, is utterly unclear. Come up with a new term
and a precise, workable definition. The term I am looking for would be a
characteristic of robotic systems such that: (1) no robot system today achieves this
characteristic; (2) if a

robot in the future did achieve this characteristic, we could
have a whole lot of similar robots quickly thereafter, without any explicit decisions by
humans to manufacture or produce more copies. This new term, which I will call
self
-
replication 2.0

unt
il you invent a much better term and definition, should represent
an exciting disruptive point in the future possible trajectory of robotics.