Prize Criteria

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A non-biological macro-size system that can gather raw resources from the wild, diagnose and repair faults in replication, and do everything else that biological systems can do is a long way off.

Even something that could 100% replicate itself, including assembling power packs and fabricating silicon chips, is not currently feasible.

In order that it have a strong impact, the prize needs to be seen as attainable. Something that people can see is achievable in theory, with current technology or logical advances upon it.

To this end, the original document proposed that the prize focus on the two easiest and clearest cut requirements of a Universal Constructor - being self-replicating and self-assembling.

And, to make it attainable, it suggested that the criteria use a A 90% rule:

  1. Show that 90 % of a self assembling robotic system can be fabricated using a rapid prototyping system that can also self replicate
  2. Show that 90 % of the assembly from parts of a rapid prototyping system can be done by a robotic system that can also self assemble.

However, this leaves open several issues:

Any other issues?

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