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By design. A swarm of intelligent, interconnected nanomachines doesn't sound like a natural formation. Whoever designed and built them - whether that's the gods or R&D at ConGlomCo - quite sensibly put in a backup in case their normal methods of communications failed. This backup channel consists of a surface layer that reacts with certain organic ...


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Yes. But it’s going to take some backstory for me to explain. We don’t know the source of consciousness. There is a theory (based on data) that our brains have a quantum entanglement component that would make them un-copyable because you could never recreate the same entanglements. This theory says that once a mind is instantiated in any medium, that ...


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Lasers. The answer is always Lasers. In this case, the solution that immediately comes to mind is that your malevolent little nanomachines function via distributed processing, and use laser light to communicate with each other at the necessary bandwidths to maintain intelligence and intent. The smoke from the incense degrades the signals between ...


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If the sword is harder than the armor, yes. A sword is nothing more than a machine at work - it converts the impact from a large area to a small area, thus increases the force. Compare a sword to a hammer. If you swing both with the same force, all that's really happening is the force of the sword is affecting a much small area. And since the force is so ...


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