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Bold undertaking even for someone as distinguished as John Carmack. I can't help thinking that this is too broad a goal and requires more theoretical work than engineering. Maybe making some self-replicating robots that can mate and give offsprings would be less ambitious (perhaps I am underestimating as well).

He just gave the general domain of the project, it would be weird to start this kind of semi-retirement on a very specific domain. I see this as the broad topic of interest that he will be investigating, but any actual research will be done into narrow fields, wherever some interesting idea hasn't been fully explored yet.

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