Special News ReportARTIFICIAL LIFE

After 50 Years, Self-Replicating Silicon

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Science  26 Sep 1997:
Vol. 277, Issue 5334, pp. 1936
DOI: 10.1126/science.277.5334.1936

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In the September issue of the journal Robotics and Autonomous Systems, researchers report that they have made a self-repairing, self-replicating version of a specialized computer. It's able to perform only one specific task, but they hope soon to do the same with a "universal" computer--a necessary step toward creating computers that truly mimic life by reproducing and evolving.