History Main / Nanomachines

20th Feb '17 2:40:05 PM TightfistedKouprey
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One reasonably common science-fiction scenario involves nanomachines being programmed to build copies of themselves using materials in their environment. If not stopped, such nanobots could theoretically grow exponentially, turning all available material on Earth into more nanobots and ending life as we know it -- this is known as the "GreyGoo" scenario. Some scientists (and noted homeopathy fan, HRH The Prince of Wales) have expressed concern that this scenario could actually happen in real life, although most consider it extremely [[http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/indepth/19648 unlikely]].

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One reasonably common science-fiction scenario involves nanomachines being programmed to build copies of themselves using materials in their environment. If not stopped, such nanobots could theoretically grow exponentially, turning all available material on Earth into more nanobots and ending life as we know it -- this is known as the "GreyGoo" scenario. Some scientists (and noted homeopathy fan, HRH The Prince of Wales) have expressed concern that this scenario could actually happen in real life, although most consider it extremely [[http://nanotechweb.org/cws/article/indepth/19648 unlikely]].
unlikely]] to be accidentally built.
24th Jan '17 10:53:05 PM GringsKodai
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** The T-3000 in ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'' takes it a step further. It is made completely out of nanomachines (dubbed "machine phase matter" in the film) that have [[spoiler:infected and converted a human subject, in this case John Connor himself.]]
1st Dec '16 3:36:25 PM laserpen
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* In Literature/WorldDominationInRetrospect, the VillainProtagonist Psycho Gecko has nanites that allow him to heal from anything up to and possibly including death, as well as change his phenotype and, if necessary, go GreyGoo on his enemies.
30th Oct '16 10:20:51 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{GURPS}}'' tech level progression is explicitly based on the idea that nanotechnology will take off between [=TL9 and TL10.=]
* Averted in ''{{Traveller}}'' except as an occasional {{Macguffin}}. Sourcebooks explicitly state that this was done to [[RuleOfCool protect their system]].

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* ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' tech level progression is explicitly based on the idea that nanotechnology will take off between [=TL9 and TL10.=]
* Averted in ''{{Traveller}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}'' except as an occasional {{Macguffin}}. Sourcebooks explicitly state that this was done to [[RuleOfCool protect their system]].
1st Jul '16 11:08:54 PM nombretomado
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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': [[IncrediblyLamePun very small]] subversion, the inhabitants of [[spoiler:Mata Nui]] can be considered this. Given that [[spoiler:Mata Nui]] is a 40,000 foot tall HumongousMecha, the inhabitants would be like nanobots to him. Also, in a more literal sense, the microscopic Rahi, Protodites, could be seen as nanobots. Zaktan's body is entirely composed of them after a unfortunate encounter with the Shadowed One.

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* ''{{Bionicle}}'': ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'': [[IncrediblyLamePun very small]] subversion, the inhabitants of [[spoiler:Mata Nui]] can be considered this. Given that [[spoiler:Mata Nui]] is a 40,000 foot tall HumongousMecha, the inhabitants would be like nanobots to him. Also, in a more literal sense, the microscopic Rahi, Protodites, could be seen as nanobots. Zaktan's body is entirely composed of them after a unfortunate encounter with the Shadowed One.
24th Jun '16 5:35:33 PM ElectroKraken
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** Some of the novels featured a nanotech LivingWeapon from the Dark Age of Technology called the Bloodtide which started as a nanomachine swarm with individual intellects before merging into a single mind. This being 40K, it got possessed by a daemon and went around forcing the blood out of people's bodies.

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** Some of the novels featured a [[LivingWeapon weaponized]] nanotech LivingWeapon swarm from the Dark Age of Technology called the Bloodtide which started out as a nanomachine swarm with multiple individual intellects before merging into a single mind. This being 40K, it got possessed by a daemon and went around forcing the blood out of people's bodies.
23rd Jun '16 6:14:19 PM ElectroKraken
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** Flowstone, the rocklike substance that made up most of the artificial world of Rath in ''MagicTheGathering'', is made of DungeonPunk-style nanomachines that can be controlled by the mind, usually by Rath's ruler, the evincar. It can be shaped into semi-sentient beasts or unleashed as a viscous tidal wave. Flowstone is not self-replicating, though; it was produced in a factory in the now-destroyed stronghold, the evincar's fortress at the center of the plane.



* Flowstone, the rocklike substance that made up most of the artificial world of Rath in ''MagicTheGathering'', is made of DungeonPunk-style nanomachines that can be controlled by the mind, usually by Rath's ruler, the evincar. It can be shaped into semi-sentient beasts or unleashed as a viscous tidal wave. Flowstone is not self-replicating, though; it was produced in a factory in the now-destroyed stronghold, the evincar's fortress at the center of the plane.



** A nanotech LivingWeapon called the Bloodtide was featured in some of the novels when Chaos got a hold of it.

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** A Some of the novels featured a nanotech LivingWeapon from the Dark Age of Technology called the Bloodtide was featured in some of which started as a nanomachine swarm with individual intellects before merging into a single mind. This being 40K, it got possessed by a daemon and went around forcing the novels when Chaos got a hold blood out of it.people's bodies.



* ''Warhammer40K'': A nanomachine swarm from the Dark Age of Technology had individual intellects that merged into a single one. This being 40K, it got possessed by a daemon and went around forcing the blood out of people's bodies.
15th Jun '16 6:59:00 PM LordInsane
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* Given ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'s'' dabbling with ScienceFantasy elements, nanotechnology pops up in many forms. Perhaps the most peculiar is the nanite bloodline -- sorcerers who developed their inherent magic as a result of nanotech influencing their conception and inhabiting their bodies (culminating in you becoming a nanite swarm while retaining your personality and, most of the time, appearance).
29th May '16 6:33:34 PM Willbyr
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27th May '16 8:57:29 AM Morgenthaler
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