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Originally posted by Mechanic 32
While I understand your basic theory, my question would be this..
What would the materials need to be, to be able to acheive this 50%?
I would think that if the same size parts were used, that the resulting "copy" would be the same size as the original.
Unless I am missing a key point somewhere.
edit to add...
Self replication would be possible in a more normal way though, if the robot were programmed to be able to create or otherwise obtain the necessary parts for the construction of the next, and so on.
Now what if you coupled this with true "Learning A. I. "
That would be an awesome feat. Of course the military would most likely seize this for their own uses.
I'm no genius either, so whether it would be truly feasible is questionable.
Originally posted by sardion2000
We first need to create a robot capable of replicated itself regardless of size. Pulling that trick off we could then go and try to use robots to build smaller robots. It's basically the same process, with some parts removed of course, as the one used since the dawn of the industrial revolution.
This process of innovation has been speeding up and such a device capable of replicating itself making itself more advanced with each replication would push the pace of progress through the roof. It would be like living at the dawn of the Aviation Age, or the Dawn of Industrialization... except compressed to such an extent that many of us alive today has a good chance of seeing it... It could work... it may take a while but it could work...