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May 12th, 2005

Research Directions

Mike Treder: Today's announcement from Cornell University researchers about simple machines that can self-replicate created a predictable range of responses, from gee-whiz to ho-hum to oh-no! Our opinion?

First, this is a fine piece of graduate level research. In addition to being a proof of concept, the modular nature of their approach suggests numerous valuable applications. It might be the first in a long row of dominos to fall, as other researchers, students, and even basement hobbyists try out their own novel designs.

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