Re: No nanotech before AI

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Fri Jul 14 2000 - 08:26:22 MDT wrote:
> A similar challenge was offered by Nick Szabo in 1995. His posting can
> be found at
> I will wager $100 to the first comer... that this challenge will not
> be met within the next ten years. (That's only 8 years before the
> supposed date of the Singularity, for those who are counting).
> >
> The challenge: starting with less than 100 kg of any number and variety
> of machines pre-assembled from these raw materials, and the piles of
> separated parts, these seed machines will assemble over 10,000 kg of
> nearly identical duplicates of the seed machines, within 60 days.
> I've played around with the Lego Mindstorms robotic kit a little bit,
> and it is fun to try to come up with ways to approach this. Doing the
> whole thing in reality would be too expensive, but it might be possible
> to come up with a paper design that would work in theory, although I
> don't know if it would meet Nick's size limits.

A desktop pc and a desktop mill/lathe CAD/CAM system could replicate the
mill/lathe and every part of the PC but the chips. Anyone know of a desktop chip
fabricator/circuit assembler?

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