I, Nanobot

Scientists are on the verge of breaking the carbon barrier — creating artificial life and changing forever what it means to be human. And we’re not ready, predicts materials scientist Alan H. Goldstein.  He predicts, and warns about, the coming elimination of the barrier between living and nonliving materials with the emergence of “animats” (living materials) — nanobiotechnology devices that can survive and function inside human beings, derive energy from biological metabolism, and copy themselves by molecular self-assembly.

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