Re: [rp-ml] New machines could turn homes into small factories (My 2 cents..)]

From: Bathsheba Grossman (
Date: Thu Mar 24 2005 - 22:18:09 EET

On Thu, 24 Mar 2005, Adrian Bowyer wrote:
> > If I were building such a machine, I'd be looking very hard at the way
> > analog and digital mechanisms interact in those systems. There's an
> > entropic principle that has to be overcome, and the way DNA does it is
> > an awesome hack; any other such machine would have to be built around
> > an equally awesome hack. DNA relies on the uniform nature of
> > elementary particles, and therefore its existence may not imply a
> > useful model for larger scales. If this problem did turn out to be
> > soluble on the macro scale, that would have consequences far beyond
> > having cheap SLA in every household.
> Hmmm. Doesn't human engineering as a whole also constitute a self-replicating
> machine?

OK, I'll buy that for a quarter. It certainly did have vast
consequences. But I only buy it if that system is taken to include
DNA-based replicants -- if you take them out of the system at any
point, it immediately stops perpetuating.

So who's this Matt Moses guy? I'm not finding anyone by that name at


Bathsheba Grossman                                          (831)429-8224
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