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(rant) self replicating robots

"Turn asteroids into space habitats!  Just use self-replicating robots." Says the blurb - and I immediately stop reading.  Because, unlike the author, I've actually given the concept of self-replicating robots some thought and have concluded they are distinctly non-trivial and not something humanity is likely to create in my lifetime.   In my case I was considering von-Neuman probes - inter-steller spacecraft which use the resources of the destination solar system to create replicas wh


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