Mad Scientist Dooms Us All With Self-Replicating Lego Menace, Or Something

Ty Dunitz October 20 Design

This is just downright threatening. Software engineer Will Gorman has seen fit to play god and create a robot out of Lego that can build things out of Lego. Really.

The machine is essentially a robotic tank of Lego that is fed instructions from MLCad, a 3D modeling program. As of yet, it can only do up to 8×2 bricks (you know, the Lego brick), and can’t handle much more than simple structures. But imagine a Mk.2 that could work with NXT hardware? What about one that could 3D-print its own Lego bricks?

“There is a recursiveness to this whole thing,” says Gorman of his brainchild. “I love the idea of self-assembly and the Star Trek replicator and I love Legos. I wanted to bring those two worlds together.”

I appreciate your spirit, Gorman, but seriously, do you have any idea what you’ve done? We have, in essence, a self-replicating Lego-bot. You’d best quit while you’re ahead, Gorman, lest you unmake the world with an apocalyptic swarm of Legos devouring the universe at a molecular level and leaving behind a wake of… like, more Legos.

Maybe I’m just being an alarmist, but you can’t tell me that’s an impossible future.

Because I’m not listening.

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Written by Ty Dunitz

Ty is an illustrator who stays up too late, and has to wear glasses. You can follow him on Twitter if you want to (@glitchritual), but he's just gonna throw your stupid PR crap in the garbage, so don't email him.
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