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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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Further to my DIL centipedes, I propose a bare circuit
board which is eventually colonised by centipedes, but
before that happens electronic slugs leaving trails of
molten metal slither all over the board, then the centipede
integrated circuits come over and become trapped in the
metal, thereby forming an electronic device of
some description. Then seeds which grow into other
components such as capacitors and resistors are sprinkled
on the board. Given time and enough water (or something
else), these will sprout, at first into mushrooms and other
little seedling like components, later to branch, blossom
and fruit into trees of other components. In the
meantime, the centipedes breed and give birth to new
generations of microchips using their ROM-stored data and
the slugs go off and lay eggs for new electronic slugs. The
whole lot to feed upon some kind of mineral paste and
bask in the sun before being incorporated into new mobile
phones, laptops, televisions or whatever.
They are also capable of evolving and breeding into
completely useless new electronic forms which can be
No factories necessary, only electrical ecosystems.
||IIRC, the DIL centipedes operate like a certain type of robot. That type of robot probably has its own integrated circuit(s) inside it, which is/are not centipedes.
||If it's not centipedes all the way down, I don't see how the different layers of meta-ness are going to interlock properly here.
||The packages have a chip inside them which can also move
||You are going to need a whole lotta tiny shoes, me thinks. Me
thinks, me thinks.
||If it were in an art category I would have bunned it.
||Meh, my computer has too many bugs as it is.
||[+] don't forget the wirewrap spider.
||Seems like an ecosystem out there somewhere. Being based on silicon and rare metal isotopes, it's where you go to stalk and trap your next generation computer development.