Von Neumann's self-reproducing automata: technical report

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University of Michigan, Office of Research Administration, 1969 - Computers - 105 pages
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John von Neumann's kinematic and cellular automaton systems are described. A complete informal description of the cellular system is presented including an explanation of the realization of logical components, the design of computer organs, the construction, destruction and movement of organs by sequences of internally originated pulses, universal computation and construction, and self-reproduction. Connections between von Neumann's automaton research and his work on computer design are brought out, and the significance of cellular arrays for biological research discussed. (Author).

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Contents

KINEMATIC SELFREPRODUCTION
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CELLULAR AUTOMATA
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VON NEUMANNS CELLULAR SYSTEM
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