Dr. Pavel O. LukshaDr. Luksha said the following about Kinematic Self-Replicating Machines
The book provides a relatively good review on theory of self-reproduction. I found the book a very comprehensive study on possible designs of kinematic self-replicators. One thing the book has successfully shown is that these designs, at least those theoretical, are vast. The book is without a doubt a compendium of projects for artificial self-replicators, both macro-scale and micro-scale, showing some 15 designs for each. It was also interesting to see the discussion of the main problems of self-replicator design (Section 5). I agree on the call for focused R&D with a “backchain design”. Indeed, in every successful engineering project, efforts have been focused, starting with a concept and then elaborating on sub-parts. To agree on “what needs to be done” or to position a new development in a design space is important for building a working artificial self-reproducer.
Dr. Pavel O. Luksha is a professor at the
Higher School of Economics,
Moscow, Russia and at the
Academy of National Economy, Moscow, Russia.
He is also an independent strategic consultant for a large machinery
building plant in Moscow, Russia, a leading company in gift packaging
in Moscow, Russia, a mass media/broadcasting company in Krasnodar,
Russia, governmental structures in Kiev, Ukraine, and an international
bank in Shanghai, China.
Pavel’s mother tongue is Russian, he is fluent in English, knows French,
speaks fair German.
He has published over 40 scientific and analytical publications in international books, journals and conference proceedings on the theory of the firm, evolutionary theory, innovations, regional development, transitional economy, consumption theory, theoretical sociology, and system sciences.
Pavel’s publications include Memory as producer of subjective time and space in complex systems, Society as a self-reproductive system, Knowledge Rich Industries and Balanced Growth for Transitional Economies, Identification and basic structure of institutions, Self-Reproduction of the Enterprise: Von Neumann’s Model Applied, Some Reflections on Formalization in Social Sciences and Sociocybernetics, and Manifesto of new socioeconomic theory.
He is a member of the Board of International Sociological Association, Research Committee 51 Sociocybernetics, and is a member of European Association of Evolutionary Political Economists and Association of International Consultants (AIC).
Pavel earned B.Sc. Economics, M.Sc. Economics (major in mathematical methods in economics), and a Ph.D. Economics (thesis subject: ‘Features of socioeconomic self-reproduction’) all at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow from 1994 to 2006.