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This term describes the utilization of devices on the nanometer scale: Little pieces of machinery (nanobots) that can move atoms around, flow in the blood stream, compute on a peer to peer basis, communicate using tiny laser flashes, are blown away by the wind, can be reproduced by other nanobots (Von Neumann style), can influence human biology, the brain, synthesize matter, carry distributed computing to unknown heights. Whatever. Our hope for the future in the 2000s, much like star travel seemed to be the solution to many writers in the 1980s, much like the network and virtual reality seemed to be the solution to many writers in the 1990s. -- AlexSchroeder

See also http://www.nanodot.org/

"[Engines of Creation]" by K. EricDrexler and "[There is plenty of room at the bottom]" by Richard P. Feynman are on-line.

Read Wiki:BloodMusic and TheDiamondAge for good sci-fi treatments.


> ...much like star travel seemed to be the solution to many writers in the 1980s, much like the network and virtual reality seemed to be the solution to many writers in the 1990s.

You talk about these things as if they're no longer the hope for the future; I think they still are! They just aren't the newest additions to the hope-for-the-future list anymore. -- BayleShanks


Nanotechnology includes more than "devices" and much of the work in the field is not related to nanites. Molecular superstructures like fullerines are an example and are closer to current utilisation. --AaronPoeze

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