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Scientists Developed Artificial Structures That Can Self-Replicate 127

Posted by samzenpus
from the what-could-possibly-go-wrong? dept.
First time accepted submitter mphall21 writes "New York University scientists have developed artificial structures that can self-replicate, a process that has the potential to yield new types of materials. In the natural world, self-replication is ubiquitous in all living entities, but artificial self-replication has been elusive. The new discovery is the first steps toward a general process for self-replication of a wide variety of arbitrarily designed seeds."
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Scientists Developed Artificial Structures That Can Self-Replicate

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  • by Kozz (7764) on Thursday October 13, 2011 @08:36PM (#37709226)

    ...if you are allowed to have complex raw materials.

    Fire self replicates. Fallen-down dominoes self-replicate. The line between "chain reaction" and "self replication" is very blurry.

    I don't think it's as blurry as you'd make it out to be. Fire and falling dominoes are instances of entropy , quite the opposite of what these scientists are after, I believe.

Some people have a great ambition: to build something that will last, at least until they've finished building it.