What are Nanobots?
Nanobots are incredibly tiny robots, down at a microscopic scale. The name comes from a combination of the nanometer, the scale the devices are built at, and robot. Nanobots have been popular staples in science fiction for some time, and have experienced periods of relative popularity among futurist communities. Although they have been created in a biological context, no actual mechanical nanobots have yet been created, but they remain an area of active research and hold a great deal of promise for a number of fields. The term nanobots may also be occasionally used to describe a macro-robot that is able to interact at the nano-scale, using incredibly tiny tools. Generally, when discussing nanobots seriously in a scientific context, the term nanorobots is used instead, as nanobots has become more closely associated with science fiction contexts. Nonetheless, nanobots is the term generally used by the public. Many proponents have had to battle public perception that if the technology wer
A nanobot is an advanced electro-mechanical device that functions on a scale measured in nanometres. The thickness of a human hair is roughly 10,000 nanometres. The idea of a nanobot was first proposed by Eric Drexler in the 1980s, and is discussed in his book Engines of Creation. Advanced nanobots could perform computations, sense and respond to environmental stimuli, communicate and cooperate, self-repair, and replicate. The idea is currently purely theoretical. Scientists speculate that the engineering and physical difficulties engendered by building such devices may take 50-100 years to overcome, or may be insurmountable. Those who propose nanobots suggest they could be used in medicine – machines small enough to travel through the bloodstream and unclog blocked arteries, or even destroy cancerous cells. Or these tiny robots could be used in manufacturing, even to build other tiny robots. Some have suggested military applications linked robots could scan and map territory beyond th
From a search on the internet: a nanobot is defined as a nanotechnological robot nanomachine, also called a nanite, which is a mechanical or electromechanical device whose dimensions are measured in nanometers (millionths of a millimeter, or units of 10-9 meter Can you picture something that small? Can you think of how we might use such a device in science or medicine? Nobody is quite sure who came up with the name nanobot but most people give credit to Eric Drexler. A few years ago wrote a book called Engines of Creation. In his book, nanobots were imagined to be self-replicating meaning that they could make more of themselves. They would be made of tiny parts that self-assembled. Imagine you had a pile of Legos that made themselves into a car without you having to put the pieces together. Sound farfetched? (See) Nanobots would get their energy by eating molecules from their environment and also be able to not only do things but also make more of themselves. Sort of like bacteria, the