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Artificial Life

Spring 2002, Vol. 8, No. 2, Pages 155-174
(doi: 10.1162/106454602320184220)
© 2002 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Self-Reproduction in Three-Dimensional Reversible Cellular Space
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Due to inevitable power dissipation, it is said that nano-scaled computing devices should perform their computing processes in a reversible manner. This will be a large problem in constructing three-dimensional nano-scaled functional objects. Reversible cellular automata (RCA) are used for modeling physical phenomena such as power dissipation, by studying the dissipation of garbage signals. We construct a three-dimensional self-inspective self-reproducing reversible cellular automaton by extending the two-dimensional version SR8. It can self-reproduce various patterns in three-dimensional reversible cellular space without dissipating garbage signals.