Roaming Assembler Size/Replication Rate?

From: John Marlow (
Date: Mon Jan 15 2001 - 17:38:06 MST

Would anyone care to offer their own speculations on the following,
presumably noncontentious, matters?

Maximum practical number of "arms" on a free-roaming assembler...

Approximate diameter (or largest cross-sectional measurement) of such an
assembler, including "arms..."

Approximate maximum replication rate for each individual assembler of the
type specified above, i.e.--how many copies of itself it can construct per
second, assuming an environment rich in raw materials...

References to earlier speculations by others on these matters are also
welcome. I'm aware of some, but surely not all. I would guess the most
practical shape for a free-roaming assembler would be spheroid.

Thanks for any help,

john marlow


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