The ability of complicated machines or molecules to assemble themselves.

Commonly used in reference to molecular biology and nanotechnology

This represents the current holy grail of nanotechnology, popularized by Eric K. Drexler

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This is similar to the concept of the Von Neumann machine, first put forth by the mathematician John Von Neumann strangely enough, of robots which make more of themselves given adequate resources except self-assembling machines don't make other robots, they make themselves. Creepy.

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