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The idea is to start sending up micro satieties,
self replication capabilities to start colonizing the moon
mars. They serve as the heralds for humanity. They are
the size of a rubix cube and have self contain power,
cpu and simple actuators.
still be under the "command" of the home base
Earth), which can upload new schematics to "upgrade"
The mother satellite will have the ability to replicate
micro satellite using some basic furnace and smelting
generally referred to as von Neumann machines
[MisterQED, Jul 13 2010]
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I don't think even Monroe is working on any von Neumann machines.
||We could always send ants, as per the first annotation on the
||Alas this is baked, I'm surprised were not doing this
now. I'm sure its alot cheaper than sending people
into space, initially anyways. 1-2 billion and u can
make a self replicating micro satellite and mother
satellites on the moon to build u a moon colony for
||//1-2 billion and u can make a self replicating micro satellite
and mother satellites on the moon to build u a moon colony
||Can you provide a link showing any self-replicating machine?
||Actually, [Ian_Tindale], I think he means "one." Which he's
abbreviating, in Roman Numerals, as "I" Which, as you point
out, is right next to "u" on the keyboard.
||Examples of self replicating machines? That's why
it would take 1-2 billion. It's not beyond our
technology, but since there was never a need for
such a thing we'll have to create it. The first of
anything will be expensive.
||Moon has water + rock + maybe metals? probably
doesn't contain enough accessible metals or
carbon to make anything worthwhile, so Mars
might be a better place to set it up. Mars has
metals + water + carbon so we can in theory make
plastics, metallic components and we'll stuff the
mother satellite with rare earth metals which it
can't find on its own.
||Using fast fabrication technology already being
developed, it's well in the realm of technical feasibility i feel.
||that wikipedia article mentions this exact idea.