Lex Fridman Podcast

Lex Fridman Podcast

#380 – Neil Gershenfeld: Self-Replicating Robots and the Future of Fabrication

May 28, 2023

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Here’s the timestamps for the episode. On some podcast players you should be able to click the timestamp to jump to that time.

(00:00) – Introduction

(05:37) – What Turing got wrong

(11:02) – MIT Center for Bits and Atoms

(24:08) – Digital logic

(30:44) – Self-assembling robots

(41:12) – Digital fabrication

(52:07) – Self-reproducing machine

(59:53) – Trash and fabrication

(1:04:49) – Lab-made bioweapons

(1:09:04) – Genome

(1:20:56) – Quantum computing

(1:25:28) – Microfluidic bubble computation

(1:30:49) – Maxwell’s demon

(1:39:35) – Consciousness

(1:46:35) – Cellular automata

(1:51:07) – Universe is a computer

(1:55:53) – Advice for young people

(2:05:10) – Meaning of life