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It is of course theoretically possible to make self-
replicating machinery as it would only require the
construction of things that we can already make.
This idea is not necessarily the construction of the factory,
but rather the thought experiment of designing all of the
perhaps on a forum or wiki
At it's most complete, the facility would need to send out
drones to discover and mine raw resources, but that can
be added in later. I think the major hurdle is the
refinement and production of semiconductors to use for
Once the facility is designed it will probably be capable of
building anything, including itself of course.
From this point, the design can be continually improved as
various bits of technology are discovered, until the actual
construction becomes feasible.
An alternative thought experiment would be to work out
which existing facilities in various locations would be
required, and what additional measures would be needed
to completely automate and connect them.
Desktop version [pocmloc, Jul 17 2010]
redundant with prior idea? [bungston, Sep 22 2010]
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||Isn't this what led to the Matrix? (Where is Keanu Reeves when you need him?)
||//Isn't this what led to the Matrix?// No, this is what led to
||Design a factory that makes factory wrecking machines, that only wreck factories that make factory making machines.
||[xenzag], that is brilliant! Now I see the light! [marklar] my good halfbaker, here's a nice fresh bun, just for you. [+]
||[marked-for-deletion]: WTCTTISITMWIBNIIWR... see
Nanites in Star Trek TNG: "Evolution"
||[Cedar Park] I'm not talking about nanotechnology,
this is on a macro scale and exists as a large number
of separate human-operated facilities.
||The idea is to create a forum which designs a single
facility which can do everything in one place.
||See [marklar], if you would have just stopped at "a factory
that makes factories", I would have manufactured a crusty
little bun for you. But NNNNNNNNNOOOO. You had to go
and make it something bigger, and better, and broader...
||Is this not a Von Neuman machine?
||I thought it would be cool to have a factory that
makes factories only and this is similar, but I'll put
mine up anyway.