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7 May
A LEGO Factory that Makes LEGO Cars

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From: Peter Langston <psl>
Date: Tue,  7 May 96 15:17:31 -0700
To: Fun_People
Subject: A LEGO Factory that Makes LEGO Cars

Forwarded-by: Keith Bostic <>
Forwarded-by: Wendell Craig Baker <>
      By Sean Morgan <>

A LEGO Factory that Makes LEGO Cars

The Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the Univerity of
Massachusetts ( has built a
mini-factory that builds LEGO(&reg;) cars.  The remarkable thing about this
is that the factory is built out of LEGO.

If they could build a LEGO factory to make more LEGO factories, we would
have a macroscale Von Neumann replicator. Figuring out the systems design
for that could shed light on how molecular nanotechnology will work some day
(see my

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