A high-ranking British boffin has proposed that other planets might be explored by "smart dust", clouds of tiny electronic devices which would drift intelligently on alien atmosphere currents while communicating by Wi-Fi. John Barker, professor of electronics at the University of Glasgow, outlined his ideas at the Royal …
Magical Mystery Turing2
Bravo Glasgow. Way to Go. Virtually There Already?
A Deepness in the Sky
This comes straight from Vernor Vinge (and some others). Neat idea. Now could it be that the various strains of the influenza virus are a non-Earther's own variant on the theme?
Deja vu ...
Nanobots ... intelligent swarm ... wait, didn't I read some novel about that???
Oh yes I did. Michael Crichton's Prey.
Some centuries might make it theoretically possible for an AI to evolve out of control, way beyond what's expected. And the new intelligence may or may not be friendly towards us. Ow.
It worked for Doctor Who
so why shouldn't it work for us? As long as you don't mind your face being a gas-mask.
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