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.Grey goo (alternatively spelled gray 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,[1][2] a scenario known as ecophagy ("eating the environment").^ Following (0) Grey goo — a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario in which out-of-control self-replicating robots consume all matter on Earth while building more of themselves Folkert (25,747 views) Filed under roxy paine , machine art , eric drexler .
  • Grey goo — a hypothetical end-of-the-world scenario in which... - but does it float 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC butdoesitfloat.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also known as the grey slime scenario or the Grey Goo End.
  • grey goo scenario@Everything2.com 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC everything2.org [Source type: General]

^ Nanotechnology: holy grail or grey goo?
  • Nanotechnology: holy grail or grey goo?|7Jan06|Socialist Worker 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.socialistworker.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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.Self-replicating machines of the macroscopic variety were originally described by mathematician John von Neumann, and are sometimes referred to as von Neumann machines.^ Gray goo is the scenario popularized in Michael Crichton's novel Prey , in which tiny self-replicating nano-machines take over the world.
  • Nano-Threat - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC reason.com [Source type: General]

^ GREY GOO : Self-replicating ( von Neumann ) nanomachines spreading uncontrolably, building copies of themselves using all available material.
  • http://www.aleph.se/Trans/Words/g.html 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.aleph.se [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nano scientists claim it is even essential for a nano machine to be self-replicating.

.The term grey goo was coined by nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler in his 1986 book Engines of Creation.^ We can thank Eric Drexler of MIT for the term nanotechnology which he coined in 1981, and the concept of grey goo in 1986 - though not the disproportionate attention and hysteria.
  • Peter Cochrane 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.cochrane.org.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Both our hopes and fears regarding nanotechnology have been extreme from the beginning, if we take as the beginning K. Eric Drexler's 1986 book Engines of Creation.
  • Neither Gods Nor Goo - Reason Magazine 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC reason.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dr Drexler originally floated the grey goo idea in his book Engines Of Creation, published in 1986.
  • BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Nanotech guru turns back on 'goo' 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC news.bbc.co.uk [Source type: News]

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.The term grey goo is often used in a futuristic or science fiction context, as the required technologies do not yet exist.^ NTW : Is grey goo fact or fiction?
  • Drexler dubs “grey goo” fears obsolete - nanotechweb.org 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC nanotechweb.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We can thank Eric Drexler of MIT for the term nanotechnology which he coined in 1981, and the concept of grey goo in 1986 - though not the disproportionate attention and hysteria.
  • Peter Cochrane 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.cochrane.org.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The term "Grey Goo" comes from science fiction and nanotechnology and refers to how an out of control self-replicating nanobot "army" might look like to an outside observer before it consumes the entire world.
  • LSL Wiki : GreyGooFence 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC lslwiki.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the worst postulated scenarios (requiring large, space-capable machines), matter beyond Earth would also be turned into goo (with goo meaning a large mass of replicating nanomachines lacking large-scale structure, which may or may not actually appear goo-like).^ In a worst-case scenario, all of the matter in the universe could be turned into goo (with "goo" meaning a large mass of replicating nanomachines lacking large-scale structure, which may or may not actually appear goo-like), killing the universe's residents.

^ But big-frontal-lobes like nanotechie Eric Drexler and Sun Microsystems cofounder Bill Joy have predicted that self-replicating nano-robots will eventually run amok, converting everything into `gray goo.'"
  • Don’t let catastrophic visions get you down ... well, not all of them | Grist 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.grist.org [Source type: General]
  • rockyrawstern | Grist 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.grist.org [Source type: General]

^ This plot is a variation of the gray goo scenario that many have cautioned against, where self-replicating nanobots eat away at Earths matter until its utter destruction.

.The disaster is posited to result from a deliberate doomsday device, or from an accidental mutation in a self-replicating nanomachine used only for other purposes, but designed to operate in a natural environment.^ Such nanomachines could even be designed to use self-assembly to replicate.
  • Salon.com Technology | I, Nanobot 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.salon.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The term was first used by molecular nanotechnology pioneer Eric Drexler in his 1986 book Engines of Creation to describe a possible doomsday scenario in which out-of-control, self-replicating nanomachines essentially destroy all life on Earth.
  • Finishing Touch - Small Particles, Big Safety Questions - 10/07 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.pfonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, manufacturing that does not use self-replication still does have self-replication hidden within the system.
  • The Journal of Personal Cyberconsciousness 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.terasemjournals.org [Source type: Original source]

.A notable example of such a work can be found in the 2002 Michael Crichton novel Prey.^ Michael Crichton’s 2002 novel Prey depicts a grey-goo type scenario.
  • Nanomaterials Characterization Facility | Communicating Nanotech to the Public 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC ncf.colorado.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Prey - Michael Crichton [official site] .
  • Prince asks scientists to look into 'grey goo' - Telegraph 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]
  • Could nanobots destroy us? - Telegraph 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.telegraph.co.uk [Source type: News]

^ It was also explored in Michael Crichton's novel Prey, about a swarm of "nanobots" that turn on their human masters.

Popular culture

.Denial-of-service attacks in the virtual world Second Life which work by infinitely replicating objects until the server crashes are referred to as grey goo attacks.^ Exporting self-replicating grey goo objects currently not available.
  • Vy am I covered in goo? | MetaFilter 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: General]

^ Grey Goo worm covers Second Life .
  • Grey Goo worm covers Second Life | IT PRO 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.itpro.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Second Life hit by ‘grey goo’ .
  • Second Life hit by ‘grey goo’ — Get Safe Online (The Blog) 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.getsafeonlineblog.org [Source type: General]

[5] .This reference refers to the self-replicating aspects of grey goo and does not include any connection with nanomachines.^ Exporting self-replicating grey goo objects currently not available.
  • Vy am I covered in goo? | MetaFilter 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: General]

^ "Grey goo" is the slang term for out-of-control self-replicating nanomachines.
  • More Dangers from Molecular Nanotechnology 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.acceleratingfuture.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ SecondLife under attack from self-replicating grey goo .
  • Vy am I covered in goo? | MetaFilter 11 January 2010 0:22 UTC www.metafilter.com [Source type: General]

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