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Machines making working copies of themselves using only raw materials found in their environment. The possible scope of missions in deep space, especially involving mining or construction, entirely change if such technology is developed.

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Could Von Neumann probes be forbidden by technological limitations?

The famous Fermi paradox asks an important question: if space-faring civilizations exist and are not extremely rare, why are they not already here? Von Neumann proposed a probe, that flies to nearest ...