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29th Oct '16 10:26:47 AM intastiel
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* Discussed derisively in ''Literature/SchildsLadder'', which is set in a post-[[TheSingularity Singularity]] galactic society: an AI character mentions the conspiracy theory that [[TheMetaverse metaverse]]-dwelling minds would assimilate planets for computational resources, calling it as preposterous as accusing organic beings of plotting to turn the world into chocolate for infinite desserts.
19th Oct '16 3:38:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Ice-nine in ''CatsCradle'' turns any water it touches into more ice-nine.

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* Ice-nine in ''CatsCradle'' ''Literature/CatsCradle'' turns any water it touches into more ice-nine.
10th Oct '16 2:17:24 AM LondonKdS
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* The scenario was first proposed by Eric Drexler. He has since dismissed it as unrealistic as it's much easier to create a bunch of tiny dumb robots that receive their instructions from a central computer (that can be disabled if it malfunctions) than it is to create tiny robots that know and are capable of doing everything they need to make copies. The dumb nanobots should serve any purpose we'd need smart nanobots for, so someone would have to really be trying to create a grey goo scenario.

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* The scenario was first proposed by Eric Drexler. He has since dismissed it as unrealistic as it's much easier to create a bunch of tiny dumb robots that receive their instructions from a central computer (that can be disabled if it malfunctions) than it is to create tiny robots that know and are capable of doing everything they need to make copies. The dumb nanobots should serve any purpose we'd need smart nanobots for, so someone any grey goo scenario would have to really be trying to create a grey goo scenario.[[OmnicidalManiac created maliciously]].
7th Oct '16 6:45:21 PM DPsycho
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* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' had "Red[=/=]Black" weaponized Goo (which is [[SicklyGreenGlow green for the viewer's convenience]]), which ate any metal it came into contact with. Thankfully, the designers were smart enough to build them with cutoff switches which neutralized them instantly. It also had a limited life span which meant that if it's food source was too far away it couldn't make it, depending on how much of a start it got. Eating the Eiffel Tower would give it enough of a start to devour all of Paris, but it would likely die out before it reached another city. Devour [[spoiler: a single ship high in the stratosphere]] and it dies out long before it reaches anything else. It's unlikely that the nanomites were self-replicating at all. A self-replicating nanomachine is by necessity, much more complex that a simple molecular disassembler. And if you're foresighted enough to build in a kill-switch, the very last thing you'd want to risk is the possibility of generational copying errors disabling that function.

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* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'' had "Red[=/=]Black" weaponized Goo (which is [[SicklyGreenGlow green for the viewer's convenience]]), which ate any metal it came into contact with. Thankfully, the designers were smart enough to build them with cutoff switches which neutralized them instantly. It also had a limited life span which meant that if it's its food source was too far away it couldn't make it, would die out, depending on how much of a start it got. Eating the Eiffel Tower would give it enough of a start to devour all of Paris, but it would likely die out before it reached not reach another city. Devour [[spoiler: a single ship high in the stratosphere]] and it dies out long before it reaches anything else. It's unlikely that the nanomites were self-replicating at all. A self-replicating nanomachine is is, by necessity, much more complex that a simple molecular disassembler. And if you're foresighted enough to build in a kill-switch, the very last thing you'd want to risk is the possibility of generational copying errors disabling that function.
1st Oct '16 7:08:15 PM MagnusForce
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with humans and leave the planet.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' in the episode, ""Party Machine," a tiny multiplying alien invades Earth, and Jenny and brad have to stop them before them engulf the entire planet.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with humans doing work for Bender and leave the planet.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' in the episode, ""Party Machine," a an army of tiny multiplying alien invades aliens invade Earth, and which Jenny and brad have Brad defeat with a vacuum cleaner-like tool created by Dr. Wakeman to stop them before them engulf the entire planet.defeat them.
24th Sep '16 5:55:58 PM AdamC
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* A more harmless, benevolent version of Gray Goo involves theoretical space exploration. It's believed that once we acquire the right technology, we'll be able to create interstellar probes out of nanobots. Once they land on a planet they'll convert as much matter needed into ten more nanobots and fire them out into space.
21st Sep '16 1:17:35 PM BonsaiForest
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* Part of the plot of ''VideoGame/MightyNo9''. [[spoiler:The FinalBoss, Trinity,]] was accidentally programmed to absorb everything it can, and it does. Which results in it absorbing nearly an entire building, transforming it into the game's cube-like equivalent of nanobots.
19th Aug '16 10:40:31 AM bombkirby
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{My Life as a Teenage Robot}}'' in the episode, ""Party Machine," a tiny multiplying alien invades Earth, and Jenny and brad have to stop them before them engulf the entire planet.
18th Jul '16 2:55:27 PM yew
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** In the episode "Marabounta", Jeremie tried to create a virus that would destroy XANA's monsters, using [[BigGood Franz's Hopper's]] journal and basing it off African army ants. At first the huge blob-like monster seemed to work, attacking and devouring XANA's minions. Then something went wrong, and it tried to attack Aelita. Jeremie realized too late that her connection to XANA was causing it to mistake her for one of the monsters, but by then it was out of control and growing larger by the minute, threatening to consume all of Lyoko. (Leading to one of the most chilling scenes of the series to date, Yumi trying to protect Aelita, only to be devirtualized when she was EatenAlive by the thing.) Fortunately, XANA, who at that point needed Aelita alive to complete his plans, [[EnemyMine instructed his monsters to help the heroes]], and due to the brief alliance, they bought enough time for Jeremie to program and anti-virus that eradicated it.

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** In the episode "Marabounta", Jeremie tried to create a virus that would destroy XANA's monsters, using [[BigGood Franz's Hopper's]] journal and basing it off African army ants. At first the huge blob-like monster seemed to work, attacking and devouring XANA's minions. Then something went wrong, and it tried to attack Aelita. Jeremie realized too late that her connection to XANA was causing it to mistake her for one of the monsters, but by then it was out of control and growing larger by the minute, threatening to consume all of Lyoko. (Leading to one of the most chilling scenes of the series to date, Yumi trying to protect Aelita, only to be devirtualized when she was EatenAlive by the thing.) Fortunately, XANA, who at that point needed Aelita alive to complete his plans, [[EnemyMine instructed his monsters to help the heroes]], and due to the brief alliance, they bought enough time for Jeremie to program and an anti-virus that eradicated it.
20th Jun '16 8:11:37 PM DopperPines
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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using its original mass. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with humans and leave the planet.

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "[[Recap/FuturamaS6E17Benderama Benderama]]", thanks to an invention of the professor's that can make two half-sized duplicates of an object using its original mass.consumed matter. Bender integrates the device into himself and starts making half-sized duplicates of himself by eating random objects. Each of the duplicates has the same ability. Eventually the replica-Benders become small enough to manipulate atoms directly and start consuming the planet's mass. Eventually, though, the quintillions of nano-Benders get fed up with humans and leave the planet.
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