Clanking Replicator

Via the BBC, news that researchers at Cornell University have constructed a self-replicating machine and published their notes in Nature. This one is certainly a “Clanking Replicator” type and not a more exotic nanoassembler, but it’s pretty cool stuff nevertheless. I for one welcome the arrival of our new robotic overlords and look forward with great anticipation for the lauch of our first von Neumann probe and the beginning of (post)human galactic domination – Bwahahaha!