Re: Submolecular nanotech [WAS: Goals]

Anders Sandberg (
24 May 1999 22:44:09 +0200 writes:

> Why the separation? Could not the U-fog be designed to have direct contact?

Abrasion. Imagine walking through a world composed of sanding paper, doing its best to reshape itself to be out of the way but occasionally failing.

> Nutrients could be absorbed directly through the skin
> and mucous membranes to eliminate the need for eating.

The skin is a rather good barrier, so you cannot get much in. Nutrients through the mucous membranes might work, but I doubt the permeability is good enough to allow more than a trickle. But maybe one could have edible foglets, and when you are hungry you just swallow the air...

> At the other end of
> the spectrum, bodily wastes would be absorbed as they
> are released by the U-fog.

Hmm, the fog toilet? I'm not sure I want to pursue this train of thought to its logical conclusions :-)

> The U-fog would also be a breathing medium that
> adjusted itself as required to supply oxygen at times of peak activity.

Another nice thing: it could control dust and bacteria fairly well.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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