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And while colonists made their long journey there, a self-replicating robot was sent out to prepare the planet.
Research topics ranging from the fabrication of self-replicating molecules to the study of evolving POPULATION s of computer programs will be included.
In that context it was natural to think about self-replicating machines.
He described tiny self-replicating nanobots which could escape and gobble up the whole biosphere, leaving only ' gray goo '.
He knew where and when the first self-replicating molecules would form, and when the first amphibians would step onto land.