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Moved from Robot[edit]

This is material I moved from Robot; Robocup doesn't list an official nano-sized contest on their official website at the moment, and the rest is WP:CRYSTAL. I'm a fan of the material, though; and Drexler himself is working these days on the kinds of things discussed at the yearly FNANO conference (Google it), modeling things made out of protein strands, including things that function as motors. There's lots going on in the field, but none of the stuff below passes the WP:CRYSTAL test. - Dan Dank55 (send/receive) 19:33, 22 September 2008 (UTC)

Nanorobotics is the still largely hypothetical technology of creating machines or robots at or close to the scale of a nanometer (10-9 meters). Also known as nanobots or nanites, they would be constructed from molecular machines. So far, researchers have mostly produced only parts of these complex systems, such as bearings, sensors, and synthetic molecular motors, but functioning robots have also been made such as the entrants to the Nanobot Robocup contest.[1] Researchers also hope to be able to create entire robots as small as viruses or bacteria, which could perform tasks on a tiny scale. Possible applications include micro surgery (on the level of individual cells), utility fog[2], manufacturing, weaponry and cleaning.[3] Some people have suggested that if there were nanobots which could reproduce, the earth would turn into "grey goo", while others argue that this hypothetical outcome is nonsense.[4][5]

Molecubes in motion
  • Reconfigurable Robots: A few researchers have investigated the possibility of creating robots which can alter their physical form to suit a particular task,[6] like the fictional T-1000. Real robots are nowhere near that sophisticated however, and mostly consist of a small number of cube shaped units, which can move relative to their neighbours, for example SuperBot. Algorithms have been designed in case any such robots become a reality.[7]


  1. ^ Techbirbal: Nanobots Play Football
  2. ^ Utility Fog: The Stuff that Dreams Are Made Of
  3. ^ (Eric Drexler 1986) Engines of Creation, The Coming Era of Nanotechnology
  4. ^ Chris Phoenix (2003-12). "Of Chemistry, Nanobots, and Policy". Center for Responsible Nanotechnology. Retrieved 2007-10-28. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Nanotechnology pioneer slays "grey goo" myths". Institute of Physics Electronics Journals. 2004-06-07. Retrieved 2007-10-28.
  6. ^ (1996) LEGO(TM)s to the Stars: Active MesoStructures, Kinetic Cellular Automata, and Parallel Nanomachines for Space Applications
  7. ^ (Robert Fitch, Zack Butler and Daniela Rus) Reconfiguration Planning for Heterogeneous Self-Reconfiguring Robots

- Dan Dank55 (send/receive) 04:31, 23 September 2008 (UTC)

Also moved from Robot[edit]

These issues have not gone unnoticed in the commercial world with entrepreneur Ben Way starting the worlds first robotic defence company. [ref]*Lewis Page, Wunderkind starts robot-buster weapons firm, The Register, 17th December 20008. - Dan Dank55 (send/receive) 19:16, 11 November 2008 (UTC)

Crap article[edit]

This entire article is complete shit and needs to be redone or simply deleted. Garbage factoids litter the entire article.

I fully agree: useless article, without structure. Should go! Bruyninc (talk) 14:46, 17 July 2010 (UTC)
Most of this article was unwanted speculation, so I merged the salvageable parts into related articles. -- Beland (talk) 04:49, 8 June 2016 (UTC)