Lethal robot insects could lead to the end of humanity

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A book on nanoweapons warns that tiny robots could cause serious damage

These insect-like weapons could even wipe out humanity in the near future

 

Louis del Monte, author of the book, says the US, Russia and China are all currently investing billions in nanoweapon research 
Despite being just the size of an insect, tiny military weapons being developed by the military have the incredible power of hundreds of tons of TNT.

 

In a new book, Louis del Monte, a physicist from Minnesora warns that these tiny weapons - dubbed 'nanoweapons' - could lead to the most destructive world war yet which could spell the end for humanity.
And this isn't just a long-term worry, as Mr del Monte has warned that the tiny weapons could render humans extinct by the end of the century.   


Mr del Monte believes that the advancement of nanotechnology could be even more dangerous than conventional nuclear weapons.
The US, Russia and China are all currently investing billions in research, according to his book 'Nanoweapons: A Growing Threat To Humanity' which is published by the University of Nebraska Press.
This technology, which could create insect-sized lethal weapons, will incite world governments to compete in the deadliest arms race ever, Mr del Monte says.
'Nanoweapons are the most likely military weapons to render humanity extinct in this century', he writes. 
'This is not a philosophical issue. This is about whether you and yours will survive through this century.'
Nanoweapons are smaller than a strand of hair and insect-like robots could be programmed to perform terrifying tasks such as poisoning people and contaminating food and water supplies, according to CNBC. 

 

A five pound (2.3 kilogram) weapon - which could be concealed in something as small as a wallet - could be used to blow up a whole building. 

 

He also predicts the rise of nanobots - nanosized killer robots which are made from nanotechnology - whose size makes them particularly hard to detect.

Mr del Monte also predicts that terrorists will get their hands on nanoweapons in the next three years through the black market. 
'The events that most people consider likely to cause humanity’s extinction, such as a large asteroid impact or a super-volcanic eruption, actually have a relatively low probability of occurring, in the order of one in 50,000 or less', Mr del Monte writes.
'Obviously nanoweapons are at the top of the list, having a one in 20 chance of causing human extinction by the end of this century.'

 

This prediction was first made in 2008 by experts at the Global Catastrophic Risk Conference at the University of Oxford who said molecular nanotechnology was the one of the most likely ways that humans would be exterminated. 

 

Although Mr del Monte comments that some of his predictions might sound like they are right out of Star Trek he says that 'factually a new arms race is under way.'
'The superpowers of the future will be those nations with the most capable nano-weapons' he claims.[/quote{

 

Insect-sized robot weapons could render humanity EXTINCT - Daily Mail
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Giving me S03E06 of 'Black Mirror' teas :skull: 

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Just now, Khal said:

Giving me S03E06 of 'Black Mirror' teas :skull: 

 

Was just about to say what kind of Black Mirror realness :dies:

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WHY are they creating this :deadbanana2: 

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This is just like that black mirror episode omg 

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:rip: another black mirror episode becoming reality 

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Im not losing my life to this.

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Wasn't one of these used in one of the Star Wars movies ? And also it on Arrow episode with someone controlling a swarm of deadly robot bees ?

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Serving me Wool, Shift and Dust

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10 minutes ago, PrettyHurts said:

WHY are they creating this :deadbanana2: 

Warfare. This is the 21st century atomic bomb. A new Cold War is approaching.

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Lemme move to the middle of nowhere and live with the animals. I'm done with people. :cm:

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14 minutes ago, Khal said:

Giving me S03E06 of 'Black Mirror' teas :skull: 

Right?! :skull: 

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Mr del Monte also predicts that terrorists will get their hands on nanoweapons in the next three years through the black market. 

 

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E.T. better have a spare room.

 

 

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Guess we'll need to design new armor and conduct some sort of massive technological blackout :cm: come at me

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I also read an article a few months ago about how this push for nanotechnology can end up being really risky because the most efficient way to quickly create nanobots would be to have pre-existing ones make new ones. But then if they end up glitching and don't stop making new ones when they're programmed to, the planet will be flooded with nanobots in a matter of seconds, killing all of us.

 

So nanobots might not just be used to kill us all on purpose - they may kill us all by accident too! :cm:  

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6 minutes ago, shelven said:

I also read an article a few months ago about how this push for nanotechnology can end up being really risky because the most efficient way to quickly create nanobots would be to have pre-existing ones make new ones. But then if they end up glitching and don't stop making new ones when they're programmed to, the planet will be flooded with nanobots in a matter of seconds, killing all of us.

 

So nanobots might not just be used to kill us all on purpose - they may kill us all by accident too! :cm:  

Welp. Looks like this is the end! :cm:

 

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9 minutes ago, shelven said:

I also read an article a few months ago about how this push for nanotechnology can end up being really risky because the most efficient way to quickly create nanobots would be to have pre-existing ones make new ones. But then if they end up glitching and don't stop making new ones when they're programmed to, the planet will be flooded with nanobots in a matter of seconds, killing all of us.

 

So nanobots might not just be used to kill us all on purpose - they may kill us all by accident too! :cm:  

:chick2:

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6 minutes ago, shelven said:

I also read an article a few months ago about how this push for nanotechnology can end up being really risky because the most efficient way to quickly create nanobots would be to have pre-existing ones make new ones. But then if they end up glitching and don't stop making new ones when they're programmed to, the planet will be flooded with nanobots in a matter of seconds, killing all of us.

 

So nanobots might not just be used to kill us all on purpose - they may kill us all by accident too! :cm:  

Damn :rip: I'ma need science to chill tbh before I burn my stan card (as well as all nanotechnology-related research papers and acadamia). :cm:

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Imagine a small horde of nano-robots filled with incredibly deadly/infectious diseases. Could wipe out countries in a matter of weeks. Scary stuff :cm: 

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Humanity will probably wipe itself out eventually. How pathetic and sad.

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