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34 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 03 November 2007 03:45PM

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Comment author: 04 November 2007 01:23:47AM 3 points [-]

we can't build a self-replicating system the size of a butterfly

I must have missed when we built any self-replicating systems at all. . .

Comment author: Strange7 03 September 2011 02:51:30AM 4 points [-]

A well-equipped machine shop, paired with a smelter, and some stacks of blueprints inscribed in iron plates, could probably be used to produce all it's component parts from naturally-occurring materials. Of course, it would be dependent on human crafters and technicians... but there are species of insect which can only reproduce parasitically, so that's not an automatic disqualification.