Nano Tech

Nano technology is on the way. Tiny, self powering machines capable of doing everything from repairs inside our bodies to spying and surveillance over long distances. First generation is here already.
     Posted By: patty - Thu Jun 16, 2011

If it can be conceived of eventually it will be done.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/16/11 at 06:59 PM
Patty, if you combine nanotechnology with modern advances in computer guided robotics and machine vision we had just better become ascended beings and leave this planet behind because the nano-robots will own it. NANO NANO
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 06/16/11 at 07:08 PM
Well we, as a species, are certainly not enlightened enough to ascend or transend this world. So we better do our best to hang on to it!
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/16/11 at 09:42 PM
It won't be "the species", Patty. It will be a relatively few individuals that leap to the stars leaving the masses behind. This is/was Asimov's view of it and it makes good sense. (Actually, seeing how the guy was a genius, following his visions shows great intelligence!)
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/17/11 at 12:37 AM
Sounds like an atheist version of the second coming. Heaven without a God. Nothing wrong with that, just an observation, no offense intended.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 06/17/11 at 01:03 AM

It was actually the story "Childhoods End" by Arthur C Clark that had the masses left behind by the few that went on to the next plane. While Asimov touched on the idea in some of his works it was the Clark story that laid it out in full detail.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 06/17/11 at 01:16 AM
Asimov had those that used Robots move off planet and expand into the Galaxy while Earth was left behind and relegated to the mists of time to become merely a legend.

He didn't do this in a single story but over the course of most his Foundation related works.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 06/17/11 at 09:18 AM
One of my all time favorite Sci Fi series was the "Foundation Trilogy". It included "Foundation", "Foundation and Empire", and "Second Foundation". The original trilogy had very little to do with robots. It was more about the downfall of civilization and its resurrection by the secretive "Foundation". There were some interesting characters along the way like "The Mule" who ruled the galaxy with seemingly unlimited psychic powers.

There were some follow up books in the series but IMHO they were written more to cash in on the popularity of the original trilogy than to add anything useful to it.

However, robots aside, the seminal work about the ascension to a higher plane of existence by humans is still "Childhoods End" by Arthur C Clark.
Posted by yogi in Kennesaw GA on 06/17/11 at 09:45 AM
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