Great post here from my Houston colleague Mark Sackler. Follow his blog at seekingdelphi.com
We’re fascinated with robots because they are reflections of ourselves.–Ken Goldberg
My first publication as a futurist has appeared in the inaugural issue of Age of Robots. It’s based on my interview with Will Mitchell in Seeking Delphi™ podcast #14 and is reproduced below.
Volume 1 Issue 1
Science Fiction VS Science Fact
by Mark Sackler
Science Fiction vs. Science Fact: Replicating Machines
By Mark Sackler
Self-replicating machines have been a staple in science fiction since the 1940’s. A. E. Van Vogt, Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke, along with many others, have used self-building robots as plot devices. But just how realistic an idea are they?
As far back as 1980. NASA conducted an engineering study of concepts for a self-replicating lunar factory. For decades, the study sat and collected dust. But the concept of robotic explorers, builders, and miners that can land and copy…
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