Self-replicating machines in fiction

A Clockwork Origin

"A Clockwork Origin" is the ninth episode of the seventh season of the animated sitcom Futurama. It aired on Comedy Central on August 12, 2010. In the episode, Professor Farnsworth leaves Earth after being frustrated by anti-evolutionists' belief in "Creaturism", a form of Creationism. He and the Planet Express crew arrive at a lifeless planet and the Professor introduces nanobots into the environment. The nanobots rapidly begin evolving into mechanical organisms, allowing the crew to witness a whole new evolutionary history that unfolds before their eyes. The episode was written by Dan Vebber and directed by Dwayne Carey-Hill and received mostly mixed reviews from critics. (Wikipedia).

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How Clocks Work

Clocks come in many different forms, from quartz watches to atomic clocks. Take a peek under the hood in this HowStuffWorks video and learn what makes clocks tick. Credits: , HowStuffWorks

From playlist Classic HowStuffWorks

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The Pocket Watch: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius

Nowadays, pocket watches aren't anything to write home about... but this wasn't always the case. Learn how locksmiths like Peter Henlein miniaturized the dubious clocks of the day to create portable timepieces in this episode of Stuff of Genius. Stuff of Genius tells the story behind ever

From playlist Gizmos & Widgets

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Joshua Foer - A Minor History of Time Without Clocks - G4G12 April 2016

Carl Linnaeus's horologium florae, or flower clock, and other methods of telling time based on nature.

From playlist G4G12 Videos

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Why a Watch Beep Is Exactly 2¹¹ Hz (2048 Hz)

This is an interesting addendum to my video that explains how quartz watches work: It's all to do with powers of 2 and it effects the audible frequency the watch makes when it beeps. Our online shops can be found here: https://shop.fes

From playlist Everything in chronological order

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Where Did Life Come From? (feat. PBS Space Time and Eons!)

Follow us to PBS Space Time: And Eons: ↓↓↓ More origin of life info and sources below ↓↓↓ The origin of life is one of the most important mysteries in all of science. When did life begin? How did life first evolve from chemistry?

From playlist Be Smart - LATEST EPISODES!

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The Periodic Table of Elements: Where did it come from? | Stuff of Genius

You've probably seen it in every science classroom you've been in, the periodic table of elements. But why are the elements laid out like that, and who put them in that order. Stuff of Genius tells the story behind everyday inventions. From the bikini to super wheat and everything in betw

From playlist Stuff of Genius: Where did it come from?

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Who Invented The Light Bulb?

You use them everyday, but can you answer who invented the light bulb? Most people would tell you that it Thomas Edison was the inventor, but that isn't the full truth! Although Thomas Edison did create the first affordable, mass produced light bulb, he was not the first to make it happe

From playlist Concerning Fun Facts

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RubyConf 2016 - Seeing Metaprogramming and Lambda Function Patterns in Ruby by Lukas Nimmo

RubyConf 2016 - Seeing Metaprogramming and Lambda Function Patterns in Ruby by Lukas Nimmo Metaprogramming and lambda functions in Ruby should be explained within their rightful place: living examples. You may have read tutorials on what these concepts are, but still do not understand whe

From playlist RubyConf 2016

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James May Takes On An Unexploded WW2 Bomb | James May's Man Lab | Spark

James shows how to disarm a WWII bomb, builds a concrete kitchen worktop, teaches the art of seduction in the style of Thomas Campion, learns how to polish a boot, builds a large scale model railway, makes a fish finger sandwich and builds a radio control powered picnic table. Subscribe t

From playlist Spark Top Docs

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Why Time is One of Humanity's Greatest Inventions

Time has a fascinating history. Much of our modern world wouldn't be what it is today without the development of better and better clocks. From clocks that use pendulums, to those that use cesium, this video covers the complete history of one of humanity's greatest inventions. Email: Wend

From playlist All Videos

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Demonstrating How Sound Can't Travel Through a Vacuum - Christmas Lectures with Charles Taylor

Sound cannot travel in a vacuum as is demonstrated in this clip from Charles Taylor's first 1989 Christmas Lecture. Watch the full first lecture of the series:

From playlist Highlights from the Christmas Lectures Archive

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History's Greatest Mysteries: Ancient Greek Time Travel Device Discovered (S4)

This mechanism from Ancient Greece discovered underwater is a huge shock. See more in this clip from Season 4, Episode 9, "Decoding the Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism." Watch all new episodes of History's Greatest Mysteries, returning Monday, January 30 at 9/8c, and stay up to date on a

From playlist History's Greatest Mysteries | Official Series Playlist | History

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Episode 001: Come Viddy, Me Little Droogies—A Clockwork Orange (1971) with Wind Goodfriend

***(Originally published on August 27, 2019)*** Join Alex and Dr. Wind Goodfriend on discussion of the psychological concepts in Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange (1971), based on the book by Anthony Burgess. (Apologies for the audio issues! The crackling you hear is not your speakers

From playlist CinemaPsych Podcast

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Teaching Machines How To Act Like Humans And Animals | Mechanical Marvels: Clockwork Dreams | Spark

Professor Simon Schaffer presents a documentary telling the story of automata, extraordinary clockwork machines designed hundreds of years ago to mimic and recreate life. Subscribe to Spark for more amazing science, tech and engineering videos - Follow us on Facebo

From playlist Spark Top Docs

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Solar Powered Alarm Clock - Part 2

This is the wrap up of the Solar Powered Alarm Clock. I also introduce some new projects I will be working on.

From playlist Solar Powered Projects

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Surviving On Venus. Is It Time To Go Back To That Awful Place?

If you’ve watched this channel enough, you might have the impression that I hate Venus. It’s possible, just possible I’ve even suggested that the planet is so terrible it should be pushed into the Sun. The reality, of course, is that it’s an absolutely fascinating world - the closest twi

From playlist Guide to Space

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History of Science and Technology Q&A (March 22, 2023)

Stephen Wolfram hosts a live and unscripted Ask Me Anything about the history of science and technology for all ages. Find the playlist of Q&A's here: Originally livestreamed at: If you missed the original livestream of

From playlist Stephen Wolfram Ask Me Anything About Science & Technology

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Mechanical Music: Automated Instruments

They may seem like novelties today, but automated instruments represent culture, technology, and changing times. Despite sounding futuristic, self-playing instruments actually have a deep history that goes back millennia. Check out our new community for fans and supporters! https://thehis

From playlist History and Music

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Samsung Galaxy Ace not enough memory fix part 2 (Rooting + Cyanogen Mod + Link2SD)

My Samsung Galaxy Ace came with 180MB of internal memory. Most apps require themselves to be installed on internal memory, and they also store cache on the internal memory. After a few weeks my internal memory runs out. After googling/youtubing several hours I pieced together several tuto

From playlist Technology

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Where did numbers come from?

Where did math come from? Which numbers arose first? Did math develop the same way across cultures? While the details are fuzzy, history shows that if people have ever needed to count something, they developed some form of mathematics. Journalist and moderator Robert Krulwich and the exper

From playlist Mathematics

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