Re: Automated Workforce..

Anders Sandberg (
13 Jul 1998 12:06:54 +0200

John Heritage <> writes:

> Does anyone know of any COMPLETE theories on how the concept of having an
> automatic self-replicating, self-repairing, self-sufficient computer-based
> electronic workforce would be created?.

As far as I know, the closest thing is the work on "auxons", replicating robots building solar panels, by Klaus Lackner and Christopher Wendt. See

Since this work is largely theoretical, and we need to learn much more to make robots and AI that works well in the real, physical world in a robust and flexible fashion, I think it is safe to say that there are no complete theories on how to do an automatic workforce. Still, the goal doesn't look that far off; assuming we get better at robotics, management of distributed agent systems and self-replication, then the workforce idea begins to become reasonable.

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