Cho. Making Machines that make Others of their Kind.

Answer only #2: By the end of this article, it ought to be clear that what self-replicating means, and even how and who does it today, is utterly unclear.  Come up with a new term and a precise, workable definition. The term I am looking for would be a characteristic of robotic systems such that: (1) no robot system today achieves this characteristic; (2) if a robot in the future did achieve this characteristic, we could have a whole lot of similar robots quickly thereafter, without any explicit decisions by humans to manufacture or produce more copies.  This new term, which I will call self-replication 2.0 until you invent a much better term and definition, should represent an exciting disruptive point in the future possible trajectory of robotics.


Moshe Sipper and James Reggia. Go Forth and Replicate. Scientific American special issue, pp 49 – 57

Prognostication. How many years away do you believe we are from a primitive form of robot self-replication? Define the timespan and also the level of technical sophistication you are suggesting at that point.


Kenneth Chang. Scientists report they have made robot that makes its own robots.

This news article is useful for rhetorical analysis.

(3) Re-write in three paragraphs the core of this article in the New York Times.  Your job is to write the article so that the lay reader can actually form a considered opinion of the work, and so that the reader’s future thoughts about legislation, ethics and technology’s future can be informed and supported by the information you present.