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John von Neumann Universal Constructor

The universal constructor of John von Neumann is an extension of the logical concept of universal computing machine. In the cellular environment proposed by von Neumann both computing and constructive universality can be achieved. Von Neumann proved that in his cellular lattice both a Turing machine and a machine capable of producing any other cell assembly, when fed with a suitable program, can be embedded. He called the latter machine a "universal constructor" and showed that, when provided with a program containing its own description, this is capable of self-reproducing.

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