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{{comic
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| number    = 387
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| date      = February 22, 2008
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| title    = Advanced Technology
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| image    = advanced_technology.png
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| titletext = We are sexy, sexy Von Neumann machines.
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}}
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==Explanation==
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Despite how advanced technology is, we (in early 2013) still have yet to create a machine that replicates itself, an accomplishment to which only biological organisms can lay a claim.
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A {{w|Self-replicating_machine|Von Neumann machine}} refers to what is usually called "Von Neumann probe" or "Self replicating machine", a machine that is capable of building a fully functional copy of itself.
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==Transcript==
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:[Cueball is inspecting Megan's crotch.]
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:Cueball: It's neat how you contain a factory for making more of you.
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{{comic discussion}}
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[[Category:Comics featuring Cueball]]
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[[Category:Comics featuring Megan]]

Revision as of 14:30, 22 February 2013

Advanced Technology
We are sexy, sexy Von Neumann machines.
Title text: We are sexy, sexy Von Neumann machines.

Explanation

Despite how advanced technology is, we (in early 2013) still have yet to create a machine that replicates itself, an accomplishment to which only biological organisms can lay a claim.

A Von Neumann machine refers to what is usually called "Von Neumann probe" or "Self replicating machine", a machine that is capable of building a fully functional copy of itself.


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Transcript

[Cueball is inspecting Megan's crotch.]
Cueball: It's neat how you contain a factory for making more of you.
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Discussion

"OOH! Von Neumann and Harvard machines! My favorite subject! How did you know?" - Lcarsos
[...because you just told me, moderator!] Greyson (talk) 18:53, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

It seems to me that Cueball is examining Megan's abdomen (where her uterus, the "factory" itself, is contained), rather than her crotch as stated by the Explain XKCD description. It's not just the logic, but also the shape of Cueball's head (which may just be an artifact of the drawing process). Does anyone agree, or is it probably just me? JET73L (talk) 17:14, 8 February 2013 (UTC)

It's there in the official transcript.117.194.199.173 15:08, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Still seems kind of, i don't know, incorrect. The crotch is the factory door, not the factory. 108.162.219.58 18:18, 24 January 2014 (UTC)
Hmmm, self-replicating Von Neumann machines are more like parthenogenic aphids (asexual or "clones") rather than human sexual reproduction... Meg would not be able to copy herself. Apart from that, I like this cartoon as it does point out how fantastic reproduction really is. Oh, and Cueball 'should' be looking at her abdomen rather than her crotch methinks Squirreltape (talk) 16:13, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
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