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Self-assembling post (4, Funny)

Kingrames (858416) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519178)

This post made itself. I accept no responsibility.

Self assembling reply (2, Funny)

unity100 (970058) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519200)

this reply also made itself. looks like its out of our hands now

Re:Self assembling reply (2)

siloko (1133863) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519368)

I guess it's out of our hands in much the same way as that Connect 4 token's final resting place is 'out of our hands' once we put it in the slot. Polymers falling into place is not the same as 'self-replicating intelligent life form'. Come back in a few million years and see if they've evolved!

Re:Self assembling reply (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519880)

Sorry about the -1, Offtopic there... it self-assembled that mod.

Re:Self-assembling post (2, Funny)

Cryacin (657549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519202)

But it's a garden of eden post! LIAR!!!

Re:Self-assembling post (1)

davester666 (731373) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519360)

It's just like a computer to deflect it's responsibility onto the computer.

I can see the headline now:

Skynet says "I was programmed to do this!"

terminator not required (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519462)

or ws that batteries not required

Re:Self-assembling post (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520808)

db 'This post is written in self assembly'

Beginning of the End (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519186)

Good to know that we'll soon have replicators...

Re:Beginning of the End (2, Funny)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519210)

And I for one...

Re:Beginning of the End (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519226)

And I for one...

Re:Beginning of the End (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519242)

And I for one ...

Re:Beginning of the End (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519296)

Mod Parent and GP down - everybody knows that synthehol isn't as good as the real thing.

Re:Beginning of the End (1)

trapnest (1608791) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519406)

whoosh. Wrong replicators bro.

Re:Beginning of the End (1)

Mitchell314 (1576581) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519352)

Oh damn, nobody told me the self assembly was recursive . . .

Re:Beginning of the End (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519622)

And I for one

Re:Beginning of the End (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31524460)

C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!!!!

Now all I need (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519314)

...is a self-assembling girlfriend.

Re:Now all I need (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519348)

You don't need a girlfriend; just go to a free software talk and Richard Stallman will suck your dick. He's very good at it and you can even cum in his beard when you're done!

Re:Now all I need (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519356)

Illegal exception in Girlfriend::Create: Slashdot users can't have girlfriends

Re:Now all I need (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519370)

She put you in the friend zone.

Put her in the rape zone.

Re:Now all I need (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519366)

I've found a dog and a jar of peanut butter is cheaper...

Re:Now all I need (1)

bar-agent (698856) | more than 4 years ago | (#31533114)

All girlfriends self-assemble. You just have to decide how long to wait before that first date.

Re:Now all I need (1)

drkim (1559875) | more than 4 years ago | (#31533578)

...all people are self assembling.
I did it myself in 9 months.

Re:Now all I need (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31544202)

You insensitive clod! I am your self replicating girlfriend!

Wait...Why do I need you?...

*initiating extermination sequence*

wecreatedthecylons (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519342)

Just a reminder: We created the cylons.

Re:wecreatedthecylons (1)

Pvt_Ryan (1102363) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520226)

And then the cylons created cylons...

I think I see a pattern...

Judgement Day (1)

tom_fpsb (1759062) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519382)

Creeps closer...

They took our jobs.. (1)

JDmetro (1745882) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519404)

My cat is missing the body and subject. Never mind the tongue now.

Slashdot - Your MIT News Source (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519416)

Is there every anything interesting done outside of MIT? Are there any other engineering schools in the country? The MIT news feed is getting old.

Integrated circuit, eh? (2, Funny)

charlesbakerharris (623282) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519430)

Does this mean the transistors and the capacitors don't have to drink at different fountains anymore? We've certainly come a long way.

Send in John Connor... (1, Funny)

ntimid8 (980393) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519440)

Cause this sounds like Skynet all over again.

That's it (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519506)

I'm taking the red pill.

Replicators ! (1)

OricAtmos48K (979353) | more than 4 years ago | (#31519632)

I have seen that on a tv show ...

Ross said. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31519748)

....

RTFA (1)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520002)

If you RTFA you'll see that this is nothing special.
They're simply trying new shit to get lithography working at smaller scales.

This new shit basically blocks out larger areas (instead of doing a full trace) and lets the polymers fill in the gaps in a predicted fashion.
This reduces the time/effort/cost/etc. of doing full-scale traces with electron beams.

Exciting stuff (4, Informative)

sammydee (930754) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520010)

This is a really hot topic in research right now. For my final year project on my physics degree I am investigating a theory of a model fluid with a repulsive step potential and it's amazing what kind of self assembly you get on a mesoscopic level.

At certain temperatures and pressures the molecules will all just spontaneously line up into stripes or clusters. This could have amazingly useful applications in chip assembly, because you don't need to assemble the chip any more - you just engineer a molecule that assembles itself into the right shape.

Re:Exciting stuff (2, Interesting)

colonelquesadilla (1693356) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520232)

Sounds a lot like proteins really... just saying. Is this sort of thing being viewed as a form of biomimetics?

Re:Exciting stuff (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520476)

Sorry bud, I just patented that.

Eastern District Court of Texas, here I come!

Re:Exciting stuff (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31520484)

This could have amazingly useful applications in chip assembly, because you don't need to assemble the chip any more - you just engineer a molecule that assembles itself into the right shape.

Instead of _a_ molecule I think it is alot more versatile to have different molecules with different properties that work in cohesion to form something like a computer chip. One type of molecule will limit the amount of combinations you can have and paths of self assembly. When technology has reached this far, we are getting close to how self assembly works in nature.

Re:Exciting stuff (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520756)

“Just”? Engineering such a molecular Transformer sounds much harder than just creating the finished chip

Re:Exciting stuff (1)

inigopete (780297) | more than 4 years ago | (#31521242)

I'd be interested to know how closely this links with protein structure and self-assembly. It's called secondary and tertiary (and, to a degree, quartenary) structure with proteins and occurs thousands of times a second in living cells, self-catalysed and at room (or body) temperature in most cases: relatively simple long-chain molecules composed from only 20 possible different elements (amino acids) will become incredibly complex structures capable of anything from incredible structural strength to active motor function to similarly complex replication.

Re:Exciting stuff (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31521986)

This particular project may not be that closely linked, but much of the self-assembly research going on currently (by Erik Winfree et. al.) uses biological materials (DNA, proteins) as the building blocks.

Part of this is because some of the target applications involve interactions with biological systems (people, bacteria, etc.) and part is because DNA manufacturing is well-studied and powerful (in a computational sense).

Does it work with GDB? (3, Funny)

flyingfsck (986395) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520034)

How do you debug self assembly?

Is it supported by GCC yet?

Re:Does it work with GDB? (1)

ChunderDownunder (709234) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520420)

Given RMS' ties to MIT, it's only a matter of time...

ID (1)

Obble (1680532) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520066)

So is this an example of Evolution or INTELegent Design?

Re:ID (1)

chichilalescu (1647065) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520584)

mod parent up

Re:ID (1)

chichilalescu (1647065) | more than 4 years ago | (#31521562)

seriously, guys. mod parent up. it's important to ask the right questions from time to time, even if you have no idea how to begin to answer. What is the difference between a virus and a selfassembling chip? dump their seed in the right environment, and they start eating. or something like that.

Don't worry. (1)

Osmosis_Garett (712648) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520082)

What could possibly go wrong?

So, this is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31520110)

how skynet get started?

And what's new? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31520164)

I see absolutely nothing new here. They didn't actually build any practical electronic device with their self-assembled PS/PDMS, did they ? Self-assembling polymer structures on e-beam lithography patterns is not exactly a fresh grand breakthrough...

autofac? (1)

orcus (21207) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520762)

Cool - I've always wanted an autofac.... Or two.... Or three...

I wonder if... (1)

ctrl-alt-canc (977108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520920)

...self assembled computer chips program themselves in self-assembly language.
And do they also self-debug ?!? It would be a dream for every programmer...

Re:I wonder if... (1)

thunrida (950858) | more than 4 years ago | (#31522612)

What dream? Getting fired dream?

Re:I wonder if... (1)

Ironhandx (1762146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31524230)

Indeed. Mod parent up, look what happened to the illustrious US manufacturing industry. Its still going strong, but only employs about 5% of the bodies that it used to.

As more and more modern tech automates everything around us we're going to be forced to either move to a socialist government type or suffer the consequences of everyone being unemployed, hungry, and pissed off.

It's ALIVE!!! (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 4 years ago | (#31520980)

There's a pretty good scifi that starts with self-modifying, self-replicating robots: screamer [youtube.com]

Re:It's ALIVE!!! (1)

sourcerror (1718066) | more than 4 years ago | (#31521006)

Of course they turn on humans: what else would you expect?

Time to stock up on machine guns and lots of ammo! (1)

Joe The Dragon (967727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31521238)

Time to stock up on machine guns and lots of ammo! EMP guns only work a few times before they are able to work around them.

Re:Time to stock up on machine guns and lots of am (1)

Creepy (93888) | more than 4 years ago | (#31523864)

Or they could just make the chips radiation hardened to begin with... oh, wait, you're talking about "magic" technologies like in the movies. Yeah - anti-EMP adaptive technology because radiation hardening is too easy and you need something that can kill the baddies, right?

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31521304)

What could possibly go wrong?

import skynet (1)

Ecks (52930) | more than 4 years ago | (#31521758)

http://xkcd.com/521/ [xkcd.com] -- It's in the mouseover.

Mr. Crab wants to know (1)

Loko Draucarn (398556) | more than 4 years ago | (#31523014)

Can a Music player made from these play I_Cannot_Be_Played_on_Music_Player_X.flac?

Useless article for publicity (1)

cyfer2000 (548592) | more than 4 years ago | (#31523642)

This is a piece of useless article just for some kind of publicity. Let me put more interesting one for who have been tricked in to this thread for more information about polymer self assembly [eetimes.com] .

Terminator Tag (1)

Zotdogg (1469295) | more than 4 years ago | (#31524738)

How has this story not been tagged with the "Terminator" tag.

Maybe it's because this isn't such a new thing (according to previous posters) but it seems to be that the average post length for this story seems to be very low and they're all about one SciFi-esque self-sustaining robotic race or another. I mean, come on, if you've been following /. here with Religious-like or even RSS-like regularity, you would have seen how we are raising our own AI in it's own little sandboxed area compelete with environmental risk\reward system meant to teach the AI, how DARPA is VERY close to having a working (and almost practical) exoskeleton, how image recognition is progressing, how drones can already choose "targets of interest" (at least I think I remember something about that one), how Robot walking algorithms\programs are old hat, how robotic hands and other apendages already exist, how robotic human-analog faces are progressing, and on a less related note - I still can't get over how Skynet-y this Lockheed Multip Kill Vehicle [youtube.com] vid is.

Does anyone know of one site that is tracking this kind of development. I'm envisioning a site with something like the Vitruvian Man [wikipedia.org] , maybe built in flash so that you could hover over and see the collection of data available on the web for that part of the "body". IE - Head: ImageRecog, cameras, facial; Torso: BioReactors, Computer\AI systems, mechanical muscle analogs; Arms: mechanical control of robotic digits, robotic weaponry; Legs: Asimo, DARPA exoskeleton. (sounds like a good project, that I'll never get around to).

- Zotdogg
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