A Myth A Concept and An Idea
Miraculous Nanobots – A Widespread Myth
A viral idea that spread in the public consciousness.
Its about swarms of
"living" nanobots (nanobugs)
which spread uncontrolledly like pests.
Hoorofable: Grey Goo
"the unavoidable total apocalypse"
such a thing always sells well
Gem-Gum Pants-Pockets Factories – The Current Concept
A reliably predictable but hard to reach far term goal (since 1992) that is barely known.
In contrast to the mythology such a device can:
- not "crawl away / buzz away"
- not "devour" everything
- not "mutate"
Molecular Assemblers – A Dated Idea
An obvious bio-analogy (1986) from which the "Nanobug-Mythology" emerged.
The idea is dated since it turned out that assemblers
- are significantly more difficult to reach – (but not fundamentally impossible)
- would be pretty inefficient – (due to missing space inside for specialization)
- are not desirable – (because of forms of grey goo that are toned down to more realistic levels)