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sorry no nanos for a very long time yet. that is all stuff of science fiction for sure (for a whole lot of reasons). a nice "what if" but not in any immendiate future and "M1" with nano bot self healing armour is probably going to be model "ZZZ" (versus B now)
Originally posted by soficrow
2005 - New micro-robots called microbots grow their own muscles from living animals. The microbots are grown on silicon chips, using the same principles and similar technologies as those used to make integrated circuits. "I can make hundreds of thousands as easily as I can make one," says nanotechnologist Carlo Montemagno. Blending biological and mechanical parts with phenomenal precision, microbots are a fully integrated system, blurring the lines between men and machines.
The New Military: Microbots
2000 - "One of the projects DARPA is currently supporting is work by a team at Michigan State University's College of Engineering, who are developing reconfigurable micro-robots for use in military, intelligence and law enforcement ...."
DARPA Works to Replace Soldiers, Police with Robots
2005 - "Scientists at the University of California Los Angeles have successfully bonded flesh to silicon to create what they claim is world's first muscled robot. ..."They have a maximum moving speed of 40 micrometres per second and can work for more than four hours, although not continuously." "
It needs your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle
The Talon Robot: Ready for Iraq
Originally posted by Majic
Nanotech: Fact, Fancy And Context
For a grad student working on his Ph.D. in the microlab at some university somewhere, nanotech may very well be "several years out" or "not here yet". A lot of that depends on who's shelling out the dough for his work.
Give that same student a 9-figure budget, a well-established base of technological and experimental data, hundreds of fellow researchers, a beyond-state-of-the-art facility, a massive black world support infrastructure and make it a felony for him to talk about it to anyone outside his program, and perhaps his timetable might start looking different.
It would be absurd to assume that public knowledge of the state of nanotechnology is current.
At the same time, speculation about its existence is almost as absurd, because anyone who can speak authoritatively on the subject cannot do so legally.
For my part, I don't know one way or the other, but I'm comfortable with that. I can accept the possibility of near-term nanotech deployment without the need to consider my own ignorance of it to be either proof or disproof of that possibililty.