[extropy-chat] Re: Self replication again (was MARS: Because
mlorrey at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 18 17:30:11 UTC 2004
--- "Stephen J. Van Sickle" <sjvans at ameritech.net> wrote:
> > BTW, the idea that mechanochemical disassembly (turning complex
> > molecules into feedstock) is a natural correlate of assembly
> > (turning feedstock into complex molecules) is one of the most
> > pervasive errors in popular understanding of MNT.
> Hmmm....then this brings up the question of how one safely and
> cheaply disposes of used/defective/outdated devices.
That is a third problem entirely, and likely the simplest one to deal
with. If you know the design of the device you are disposing of, you
just disassemble it into its constituent parts, toss out the defective
ones, and put the rest into parts bins.
With the first problem you are dealing with a 'ore' of rather
high-entropy material in terms of isotope dispersion. Picking each atom
out one at a time, shaking it, and sorting it into the right bin is a
time consuming but rather simple process.
The second problem is the toughest, building something that is highly
structured atom by atom from a design.
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