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Neil Gershenfeld: Self-Replicating Robots and the Future of Fabrication | Lex Fridman Podcast #380

Duration : 02:07:04

Neil Gershenfeld, the director of MITs Center for Bits and Atoms, discusses his work in bridging the gap between digital and physical worlds. He mentions how the concept of the Turing machine, a foundation of modern computing, has a physics mistake in separating the head from the tape. Similarly, Von Neumanns architecture of computing also made errors in its design. Gershenfeld believes that these mistakes have led to the current disconnection between software and hardware in the field of computer science. However, he also recognizes the opportunities that arise from this boundary and the potential for solving important problems.