Danger Will Robinson! Self-Replicating Nanobots Meant For Good, Could DESTROY All Life On Earth

Danger Will Robinson! Self-Replicating Nanobots Meant For Good, Could DESTROY All Life On Earth

SELF-REPLICATING tiny robots could completely consume all life on Earth and lead to the end of the planet, experts have warned.

Nanobots, which are basically tiny robots, only a single nanometre wide, are currently being worked on and in the future may dominate the planet if they get out of control.

They can be used for several purposes but most scientists hope to use them mainly for in-body procedures, such as replacing cells in the body for fighting things such as cancer.  Some specializing in the field have recently discovered an entirely new form of biological reproduction — and applied their discovery to create the first-ever, self-replicating living robots.

Louis A Del Monte, physicist and author of the book Nanoweapons, wrote in an article for the Huffington Post: “You can think of them as the technological equivalent of bacteria and viruses.”

The minuscule bots are expected to arrive in the 2050s, according to Dr. Del Monte, following the rise of artificial intelligence, which will help to create the revolutionary bots.

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Sci-Tech Daily is reporting;

The same team that built the first living robots (“Xenobots,” assembled from frog cells — reported in 2020) has discovered that these computer-designed and hand-assembled organisms can swim out into their tiny dish, find single cells, gather hundreds of them together, and assemble “baby” Xenobots inside their Pac-Man-shaped “mouth” — that, a few days later, become new Xenobots that look and move just like themselves.

And then these new Xenobots can go out, find cells, and build copies of themselves. Again and again.

“With the right design — they will spontaneously self-replicate,” says Joshua Bongard, a computer scientist and robotics expert at the University of Vermont who co-led the new research.

The results of the new research were published November 29, 2021, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

While experts are developing nanobots for the good, there is fear this could quickly get out of control.

Eric Drexler, an engineer who is considered one of the pioneers of nanotechnology, warned in his book Engines of Creation way back in 1986: “Imagine such a replicator floating in a bottle of chemicals, making copies of itself…the first replicator assembles a copy in one thousand seconds, the two replicators then build two more in the next thousand seconds, the four build another four, and the eight build another eight.

“At the end of 10 hours, there are not thirty-six new replicators, but over 68 billion.

“In less than a day, they would weigh a ton; in less than two days, they would outweigh the Earth; in another four hours, they would exceed the mass of the Sun and all the planets combined — if the bottle of chemicals hadn’t run dry long before.”

He goes on to warn that they could begin destroying and replacing all biological life on Earth – leading to the end of humanity in what is known as “The Grey Goo Scenario”.

I have always said, technology is not our friend, we just don’t know it completely in 2021.

Written By: Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show. Follow me on his website ETTALKSHOWMAGABOOKTwellit & Twitter.