posted on Aug, 12 2008 @ 10:55 AM
The way the world could end with nanotechnology is typically called Grey Goo
. The article I linked
goes over the whole thing pretty well. There are a number of serious criticisms about it, though.
The one I think about the most is the fact that we already live in a world with "grey goo", and they're called bacteria. They've been on this
planet far longer than us, and we seem to get along pretty well with them. Unless these nanoparticles are specifically designed to kill, then I
don't think we have to worry about them.
Then again, if someone were to design such a thing, what would be the point. Eventually they would just end up infecting themselves since it'd be so
As far as the cloud, I believe that's what we see in The Matrix whenever someone ventures to the surface. Those nanomachines were designed to block
out the sun though, since the robots were using humans as energy. Possible? I highly doubt it, a designer would have to forgo a lot of logical steps
why not to produce something like that.
I mean, these nanomachines would have to be programed to do what they do, unless they're given the ability to modify their own program. Then again,
maybe a mutation will occur that will allow them to do that, it's possible for them to evolve just like organic organisms, I guess...
[edit on 12-8-2008 by OnionCloud]