Questions tagged [nanotechnology]

For questions about technology that works with sizes of less than 100 nanometres, often the manipulation of individual molecules.

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Keeping the horde of nanomachines at bay?

So, there are three major powers in the setting that can be reasoned with, and a fourth that is just there to destroy. I have a problem with balancing them. The so-called nature spirits are creatures ...
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What is the quickest way to kill someone using nanobots?

Assume a distant future where all humans have nanobots in their bloodstream that keep them alive indefinitely. Now let's say there is a way to override those nanobots so that they can instantly be ...
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Scientifically plausible non-WMD parasite/grey-goo clouds?

So, grey goo isn't exactly the most useful thing from a military standpoint, not just because of high-entropy and metastable materials that you can't get chemical energy out of, but also that: Me: ...
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Ideal material for Von Neumann Probes

So, I understand that a common way to explore the universe and colonise worlds is through Von Neumann Probes. Self-replicating and efficient... except for the fact that, as far as I have seen in ...
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How to prevent people from creating manipulative AI nanobots?

Set in the future where there is at least one 3D printer in every household, population demographics show aging in every part of the world. In this future, many elites have powerful AI nanobots ...
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Homing device for missile, which can be applied remotely

The goal is to find an element which can be applied remotely to a target (like from a laser), and work as a homing device for a missile. (Or at least, to find a homing device which could be applied ...
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Would a collective mass of nanobots function properly as a single robot?

In my story, I want to explore a concept similar to Terminator 2: Judgment Day and Terminator genisys, with a robot that is in fact composed of millions of nanobots, which thus grants it the ability ...
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Is it possible to retrofit white blood cells with neural network technology to fight infection?

I have been toying the idea of fusing our white blood cells which search and destroy malicious foreign bodies with artificial intelligence to fight various disease causing pathogens, my worry is that ...
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What materials will still be needed to build life-like androids when nanomaterials are available?

In my story I have a group of androids that are able to grow in size from training and repair from damage because of the nanobots that are inside of them. Their skeleton will be made of a carbon ...
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How could medical petrification work?

So, turning people into stone. You only have to add reversibility to the mix, and it becomes the BEST paramedical tool available. But, what does petrification need to accomplish to become just that? ...
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What technologies could be made with the manipulation of quarks?

I’m trying to speculate on manipulating things on the level of quarks for a story. What could I do with that type of technology?
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What makes magic artillery more powerful than a non-magic gun?

Magic (which is just ancient technology and not supernatural mumbo jumbo) in this setting is close to what you'd find in the anime Grimoire of Zero. That is to say it has a set of rules and the list ...
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Could somebody get temporarily stuck/“glued” to a wall by way of energy or some other force?

My story takes place in the future with advanced technology and I have a torture scene where I need prisoners to be immobilized against a wall—-but not permanently. I’m wondering if it could be done ...
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How could humans control a body made of nanobots?

My species lives on a world that is filled with very few storms, lush environments, and naturally forming metallic monoliths. The species are like humans, but one thing that sets them apart from ...
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Defeating Nanomachines?

Key Information In this universe biomechanical augmentation (similar to Deus Ex 1) has become singular. While they still have a ceiling in terms of upgradability, manufacturing grade (civilian, ...
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What could be a plausible scientific explanation for a man who has skin made from rock and can manipulate the molecular structure of natural minerals?

Okay, so I want you to think of someone similar to Clayface here, only he's not limited to just clay. What I got for him so far is that he was once an ordinary man until a cluster of specifically-...
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What adaptations should a utility fog, that's meant to be an air-fuel explosive, have?

I found a way to ensure that even if either the Japanese Self-Defense Force or the U.S Army invades my fantasy world, its inhabitants would still have a fighting chance. Utiltiy Fog Hall thought ...
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How to control a nanobot swarm

Say you somehow invented 50 thousand nanobots that are the size of medium sized bottle caps. Each are capable of hovering for a limited amount of time but do recharge with both solar energy and plug ...
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How could the most destructive spell work in my Barrier Magic?

The core concept is a bastardized fusion of utility fogs, and the magical barriers of witches from the anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Utility fogs are swarms of 100 micrometer robots, foglets, that ...
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How would a Grey Goo robot compute given that it has no fixed form?

This is something that confuses me with amorphous characters, monsters, robots etc... How do they compute when their particles don't have a fixed form? They are in a sense modular robots only taken to ...
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Utility-fog wind?

So, I have this draft for a story. It's basically a parody(?) of the fantasy tropes originating from LOTR (the movies) with the twist that we're following the bad guy's lackeys, who he abuses more ...
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The most effective, science-based curse for cursed treasure? [closed]

Backstory There is a dragon who zealously guards a large trove of treasure, despite never being able to use it in any practical way. Usual human thinking would say the dragon is the symbol of greed ...
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How can I create strong structures with a drone swarm?

Continuing from my previous questions about a swarm of millimetre-sized drones, I want them to be able to interlock or by some method form into strong functioning structures, like a gun or a baseball ...
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Scientific explanation for summoned creatures

Throughout the ages, The Summoners were a prominent family of mages (but technology is magic here), who possess the ability to call forth creatures from cards. Of course they can only summon creatures ...
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A realistic reason for gods to be incapable of meddling with mortal affairs?

So, gods. What are they. Gods are a race of various creatures that share a two important characteristics: They're connected to The Source. They can successfully produce offspring (though without god ...
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How to prevent this micromachine swarm from doing anything besides what it was intended to?

So, there is this entity in my story, Slenderman, who's ultimate technique is the Blackout. Blackout causes electronic devices and light-based communication to fail within a 5 km radius of a chosen ...
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So, magic is based on swarm robotics and nanotechnology. How can I have Anti-magic fields?

So, at its core, magic is using a swarm of tiny (50-100 micrometers), naturally occuring robots to deliver substances to a given location and initiate chemical reactions that lead towards the desired ...
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The best realistic spell to brick firearms

Okay, so, how does magic work? Magic, at the end of the day, is a swarm of tiny machines (hardly visible to the naked eye, but still within the 10-100 micrometer range) that carry out a task. ...
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Nanomachines and deception are the essence of magic, how can I explain meteor showers and similar large-scale weather spells?

So, dragons have access to this thing, called word magic. Word-magic spells are typically need way more energy and processing power than regular magic, they also have nasty cool-down times. A dragon ...
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A sword that's made up of tiny sharp crystals and held together by a magnetic field. Is it possible?

So, I was thinking about a way to recreate the spell "Bound Sword" from Skyrim and so created this. A bound weapon consists of: 1. A hilt that generates a strong magnetic field. The hilt doesn't ...
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Is my robot concept viable?

I've developed a concept for a robot, and I need it reality-checked. The main body of the robot consists of little more than a brain, an eye, a battery, and a number of powerful electromagnets. It ...
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What would happen if the Earth was grey-gooed into paperclips?

I'm considering a scenario where Humans cannot live on Earth anymore, and need to settle other planets. Some physicist I follow on YouTube like to remind us that almost no mater what we do to Earth, ...
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Can a mono molecular blade or point puncture advanced carbon armour?

In the previous post, I asked what would happen if armour outpaced modern firearms. The answers I received are all very interesting. There is one point that comes up however that I never considered. ...
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It there any conceivable way nanomachines could turn a brain into a semi-organic grey goo, preserving the individual's consciousness?

I'm working on a scenario operating on Clarke's Third Law, with nanotechnology percieved as magic to humanity, and I want to create a non-spiritual afterlife for humanity. My intention was to simply ...
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Scientific reason for incense burners to be an effective ward against malevolent “spirits”

Malevolent Spirit: Malevolent spirits are swarms of barely visible machines that have accidentally been imprinted with a deceased person's memories. They posess swarm intelligence and communicate with ...
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Powering a Nanobot Via Nuclear Fission of Its Material

First let me say that I know almost nothing but the basics about nuclear fission. I know more about nano robotics but I've got no degree in the matter, just a rather in depth curiosity and a lot of ...
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The Requiem quietly plays: Is it possible for molecular machines to read and modify proteins in the brain?

So, I had a concept (a bit large for a single question). One of it's parts is nanomachines rewiring the brain of the subject. Since we don't know much about the exact workings of the human brain, we ...
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Would nanotechnology-scale devices be vulnerable to EMP?

For the purposes of this question, let's use the definition of nanotechnology from the tag wiki excerpt: "technology that works with sizes of less than 100 nanometres". An EMP can vary in frequency ...
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What would be the next technological step after advancing from cybernetic body parts to nanotechnology? [closed]

Technology in 2019 has many ways of augmenting the human body, for example: hearing aids, pacemakers, artificial hips, breast implants, artificial spine discs, coronary stents and even artificial eye ...
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Metal that glows when near pieces of itself

First question! I'm excited to see if anyone can help me. Any missteps are unintentional, but feel free to tell me so that I may learn. So, I've recently started brainstorming over a possible story, ...
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Summoning A Technology Based Demon

I have a world where the "supernatural" is all sufficiently advanced technology. With examples like Gods, Demons, and Angels are AI's whose physical forms are swarms of nanobots/nanites. This being ...
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what method for nanobot to control human body without affecting the brain? [closed]

i mean controling the external body like limb and such without internally going into human brain or mindcontrol using nanobot, or going inside human skin or nerve (contact with skin is fine but not ...
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Nanobots that search and destroy cells with damaged mitochondrion [closed]

I read somewhere that scientists are trying to create nanobots carrying functional mitochondria to search out cancer cells and restart apoptosis. Instead of trying to create nanobots with a fully ...
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What is the speed limit on nano-construction?

How fast can nanites work Tangential to the above question. This is for a novel about a somewhat near future. The conceit is that very advanced nanites, plus computers that are able to read our minds,...
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Shape-shifting using particle-sized 'building blocks'

My fictional world has special sorts of vehicles that can shape-shift, using some sort of building blocks which are a few times larger than average molecules. These sorts of substances can rearrange ...
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What is the minimum required technology to reanimate someone who has been cryogenically frozen?

As part of the story I am writing, an individual has been frozen with relatively crude cryogenic technology, then preserved as well as possible. Given the constraints of biology, what would waking ...
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Underwater City- Applications of Nanotech

With the rise of global warming and our leaders not seeming to do enough about it, expanding our ranges past the earth's ground seems like something we must do eventually. Everyone always points to ...
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How could my “tumbler field” steer projectiles away from its user? [closed]

In order to allow melee weapons, firearms, (and dragons) to exist side by side, I need the wheel of fortune that can turn the battle's tide to favor one over the other, then spin it. One such wheel ...
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Can a one-dimensional blade cut everything ? (chainsaw) (Sword)

I was thinking in a character who has a...kind of Steam powered Chainsaw, and a sword, what make them special is because the blades of the chainsaw are one-dimensional, same with the sword, they are ...
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Non-lethal nanite weapon, how could they quickly incapacitate any animal?

So, I was working on limitations for my cheesy overpowered cyborg, Anon, and then pacifism came to my mind. Being forced into using non-lethal measures drastically decreases and caps any character, ...