Self-Replicating Robots : The First Steps to Grey Goo

May 11th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Building Tech, Design, Future, Mechanical Tech, Technology | 2 Comments »

Hob Lipson and his colleagues at Cornell University have created modular cube robots or ‘molecubes‘ capable of self-replication. Each 10cm cube holds a microprocessor with a set of simple instructions and electromagnets. The scalable robots demonstrate self-replication (wma video 1, 2) by creating an identical copy of a formation of molecubes. Although the demonstration is crude in comparison to reproduction in nature, it shows that mechanical self-replication, given the proper elements, is possible. By reducing the size of the cubes and producing large quantities, the resolution of possible forms may reach that of gray goo.

via NS | PhysOrg

2 Comments on “Self-Replicating Robots : The First Steps to Grey Goo”

  1. 1 Self-Replicating Robots : The First Steps to Grey Goo said at 6:34 am on June 9th, 2005:

    Self-Replicating Robots : The First Steps to Grey Goo

    Self-Replicating Robot…

  2. 2 mindwire said at 2:29 pm on June 27th, 2005:

    Gray goo refers to a world-consuming formless mass of processed material produced by out-of-control nanobots. I fail to see how cute plastic blocks that magnetize and arrange themselves qualifies as any more of a first step than, say, that nuclear battery up there.

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