Self Assembling

A Self-Assembling system is often taken to mean one which, given the parts spread randomly, will draw together in the correct order, like water drawing into a bead via capillary action or a growing crystal.

In the context of this wiki, the requirement is less rigerous. A self-assembling system is one which, if presented with the correct components in an orderly fashion, can assemble them into a duplicate of itself.

In this sense, a couple of non-biological self-assembling systems have already been demonstrated:

the Cornell magnetic cube tower

Moses' 3D brick system

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