# Open Source End of the World?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Yaakov, Mar 31, 2019.

1. ### Yaakov Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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The title of a thread got me thinking...

What if Arduinos really could divide?

Assuming they had a nice round division time of 60 minutes, and the only limit to the division was a lack of raw materials, how long would it be before they stopped, and what would the world be out of when they did?

I think this ranks among the most important concerns for mankind at the moment given the large number of people using Arduinos and the lack of containment they employ.

2. ### xox Member

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Who needs division? Multiplication with inverses is the future man!

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3. ### Papabravo Expert

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That ship sailed when CPUs were built from 74S181 chips back in the '70s. How many IC's have been landfilled -- on or off circuit boards?

4. ### spinnaker AAC Fanatic!

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I have no idea what you are getting at or what this thread is supposed to be about. None of it makes any sense to me. Division time of 60 minutes?? Wut????

5. ### Yaakov Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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Reproduction by division, like bacteria.

It’s a funny idea.

6. ### AlbertHall AAC Fanatic!

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(Number of Arduinos) / (Number of PCs and Macs) = 10^(- large number)

7. ### Alec_t AAC Fanatic!

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A mathematician called Hyde
Took nearly three years to decide
That amoebas, in fact,
But to multiply have to divide!

8. ### Papabravo Expert

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I got it, and I'm notoriously obtuse

9. ### BR-549 AAC Fanatic!

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It's only the beginning. Wait til they all get together on that party line.

10. ### MrAl AAC Fanatic!

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Hi,

I actually worked on a custom CPU way back then. It was a whole board just for the CPU itself.
We had to logically create the instruction set using discrete logic. Used a counter set to step though memory. It was a blast sorry to see those days gone now.

11. ### MrAl AAC Fanatic!

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Hi,

You mean self replicate? That would be interesting ha ha.
They sort of are already with the help of humans

12. ### Papabravo Expert

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Me too. It was four 5" x 7" boards in a backplane. There were slots for printer (Centronics 101), Async Comm (45.45 Baud Baudot Code), Card Reader, Cassette Tape and 9 Track Mag Tape.

13. ### Yaakov Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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Yes, these Arduinos have actually found a way to use sexual reproduction without having to deal with the mess themselves!

14. ### xox Member

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We laugh now but the truth is that self-replicating machines may someday (soon?) become a serious concern. And just thinking about the current state of affairs with software systems things aren't looking too good. If we can't even ensure that our code is deployed securely then who's to say that the same kinds of problems will be averted in the future when self-replicating hardware becomes a widespread phenomena?

15. ### justtrying Senior Member

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I do find it funny that so many are working on ways to eliminate humanity. We are an accident to begin with. What is even funnier is that the replacement is an attempt to simulate humanity but without emotions etc...

16. ### MrChips Moderator

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17. ### visionofast Member

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This novel has been the nearest fiction to reality for me, related to your thread, in future

18. ### Yaakov Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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Looks interesting.

19. ### Alec_t AAC Fanatic!

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Haven't seen male and female versions listed on any vendor sites .

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20. ### Yaakov Thread Starter Well-Known Member

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There are male and female makers, and that's all the asexual Arduinos need.