Quotes / Grey Goo

The trope

"Already we have turned all of our critical industries, all of our material resources, over to these... things... these lumps of silver and paste we call nanorobots. And now we propose to teach them intelligence? What, pray tell, will we do when these little homunculi awaken one day and announce that they have no further need of us?"
Sister Miriam Godwinson, Sid Meierís Alpha Centauri

Doctor Bunnigus: I don't think we're headed for a grey-goo scenario here, but we'd all feel really bad of the local biosphere got consumed by nanobots after we left.
Captain Tagon: We'd still get paid, right?
Doctor Bunnigus: I'm going to treat that as a humorous stab at your own exaggerated amorality, and then move on if you don't mind.

The video game