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- 1 Some other colour of goo ?? Black's taken, so's green
- 2 mathematical error
- 3 This already happened
- 4 Prince Charles?
- 5 Clanking replicator
- 6 Are humans a form of grey goo, or is grey goo a specialized form of a larger concept?
- 7 Macroscopic Grey goo?
- 8 Computing. adding the character "Agent Smith" from the Matrix.
- 9 Why is there an advert for a computer game in this page?
- 10 Grey? Gray?
- 11 Section on credibility of the concept?
Some other colour of goo ?? Black's taken, so's green
What about Zombie Goo? This variant shows up in fiction a lot, and some zombie stuff is arguably sort of science fiction, absurd as it may be. I don't know of a goo colour name but the concept is pretty analogous and highly prevalent in Speghetti Zombie flicks, including Return of the Living Dead and Resident Evil (both where military development bred dead guys who took over the world)
Ahh, just a thought. Seems to fit in there somehow.
"The acceleration of gray goo is most likely to be geometric as most replicators will quickly exhaust available raw materials. Although the growth is not truly exponential, it is worth noting that geometric growth is fast enough to warrant concern."
This is plain wrong, since geometric growth is the same as exponential growth.
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This already happened
Consider removing the word "hypothetical" because this has already happened once - at the beginning of photosynthetic life. So really, the only thing hypothetical about the scenario as it is presented in the article is the color "grey" - when it actually happened, the goo was green! Zaphraud (talk) 05:49, 7 July 2009 (UTC)
- The term grey goo only applies to non-biological machines. Biological cells don't count. Rreagan007 (talk) 20:07, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
I thought it was Prince Charles who, although not necessarily inventing the term, certainly brought it into the mainstream during a speech about the onslaught of nanotech and GMOs. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 18.104.22.168 (talk) 02:17, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
Are humans a form of grey goo, or is grey goo a specialized form of a larger concept?
Grey goo is..."a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario [involving molecular nanotechnology] in which out-of-control self-replicating [robots] consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves, a scenario known as ecophagy ("eating the environment")."
Omit the qualifier "involving molecular nanotechnology" and replace "robots" with a more generic term like "entities", and is there a name for the concept? Under this concept, humans might qualify as a possible entity. Humans are consuming an exponentially increasing subset of the biosphere. If there is a separate concept for what I'm getting at perhaps it should be mentioned and linked here, to distinguish that concept from the more specialized concept called "grey goo". —Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 (talk) 21:21, 15 February 2011 (UTC)
- The term 'Grey goo' is strictly a nanotech apocalypse. If you can find reliable sources (Wikipedia:Reliable_sources that suggest a more general concept, go for it! Guyonthesubway (talk) 01:51, 16 February 2011 (UTC)
Macroscopic Grey goo?
The conventional definition of grey goo being microscopic artificial self-replicating consumers, is there an equivalent term for a macroscopic variety? The specific example that makes me ask is the Slylandro probe from Star Control 2, which, due to a programming error, seek materials for replication above all else, even if those materials come from a starship holding alien life. The game postulates that, within just a few years, millions of these probes will inhabit the galaxy, with the number growing exponentially. They seem to fit all of the criteria for grey goo (artificial, self-replicating, consuming all, able to snuff out life) save one (being microscopic). Could grey goo even include such constructs that are macroscopic? --126.96.36.199 (talk) 16:03, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
- Self-replicating machine is the more general term, but I don't think it would be considered grey goo unless it were nanotechnological. All the sources in this article seem to be talking specifically about uncontrolled proliferation of nanorobots. Antony–22 (talk⁄contribs) 17:36, 3 March 2011 (UTC)
Computing. adding the character "Agent Smith" from the Matrix.
After reading the computing section of this article, it seems that Agent Smtih fits the profile of a "Grey Goo", since he 1) continues to copy himself, and 2) uses this to take over, and control the matrix, and 3) threatens to crash the matrix system, thus affecting the real world. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gizziiusa (talk • contribs) 07:04, 26 November 2011 (UTC)
Why is there an advert for a computer game in this page?
Fine if a game exists, but we don't need to know which platforms it's available for and the difference prices for each. Blatant advert and undesirable.
Section on credibility of the concept?
Since the person, an advanced professional in the field, who coined the term is on record (a record referenced by this very wiki page) as wishing he never coined it, and since that this very wiki page also references documents referring to the "myth" of grey goo, and others celebrating the "burial" of the term itself - can we have a section which more seriously addresses this? Instead of quite a long article treating the concept seriously? A layman researching the term can easily read this page and go away with the idea that "grey goo" is a much more valid concept than it really is - the reverse of what Wikipedia is supposed to do. "Grey Goo" should be treated the same as other debunked, mythical ideas such as ancient astronauts or nuclear weapons causing runaway atmospheric reactions.188.8.131.52 (talk) 12:05, 12 February 2016 (UTC)