name: Jonathan Ward
class: How to Make Something That Makes (almost) Anything
Assignment: design a self-reproducing machine
I started thinking about a self-reproducing machine as an energy collector that generates power for prototyping machines. The prototyping machines would be used to make parts to assemble more energy collectors. This self-reproducing machine could be thought of like a factory that produces its own energy and has a network of machines that can each reproduce parts for another machine in the factory as well as the parts for energy collectors.
Power Supply that Makes Power Supplies (PDF)