#380 – Neil Gershenfeld: Self-Replicating Robots and the Future of Fabrication

Neil Gershenfeld is the director of the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. Please support this podcast by checking out our sponsors: - LMNT: https://drinkLMNT.com/lex to get free sample pack - NetSuite: http://netsuite.com/lex to get free product tour - BetterHelp: https://betterhelp.com/lex to get 10% off EPISODE LINKS: Neil's Website: http://ng.cba.mit.edu/ MIT Center for Bits and Atoms: https://cba.mit.edu/ Fab Foundation: https://fabfoundation.org/ Fab Lab community: https://fablabs.io/ Fab Academy: https://fabacademy.org/ Fab City: https://fab.city/ PODCAST INFO: Podcast website: https://lexfridman.com/podcast Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/2lwqZIr Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2nEwCF8 RSS: https://lexfridman.com/feed/podcast/ YouTube Full Episodes: https://youtube.com/lexfridman YouTube Clips: https://youtube.com/lexclips SUPPORT & CONNECT: - Check out the sponsors above, it's the best way to support this podcast - Support on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/lexfridman - Twitter: https://twitter.com/lexfridman - Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lexfridman - LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lexfridman - Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexfridman - Medium: https://medium.com/@lexfridman OUTLINE: Here's the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time. (00:00) - Introduction (05:37) - What Turing got wrong (11:02) - MIT Center for Bits and Atoms (24:08) - Digital logic (30:44) - Self-assembling robots (41:12) - Digital fabrication (52:07) - Self-reproducing machine (59:53) - Trash and fabrication (1:04:49) - Lab-made bioweapons (1:09:04) - Genome (1:20:56) - Quantum computing (1:25:28) - Microfluidic bubble computation (1:30:49) - Maxwell's demon (1:39:35) - Consciousness (1:46:35) - Cellular automata (1:51:07) - Universe is a computer (1:55:53) - Advice for young people (2:05:10) - Meaning of life

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