Attack of the Nanobots!
By Carl Wherrett and John Yelovich
October 19, 2004
What Peter Benchley did for the "buy a shark, they make good pets" industry, Michael Crichton has done for the science of nanotechnology.
In his book Prey, he describes the catastrophic potential of nano-gone-haywire where self-assembled nanobots clean an area like a horde of locusts, eventually eating each other and creating a gray goo that covers the entire planet. It might have been fiction, but it was enough for the heir to the British throne, Prince Charles, to call upon scientists to approach nano with caution. So let's put things into Foolish perspective.