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  • Gung Ho

    Posted by James R. Rummel on September 12th, 2004 (All posts by )

    There’s plenty of science fiction novels out there that feature nanotechnology as a major plot point. There seems to be something fascinating about tiny machines that, in their billions, could swarm over base matter and build something wonderful.

    Of course, the phrase “in their billions” is key here. Any machine small enough to be considered nanotech is rather laughable. Too small, too underpowered, too insignificant to actually affect the world in any meaningful way. Get enough of them together, though, and they could do amazing things. Change the world.

    So Big Media has been caught out shilling fake documents because it advances their own political agenda.

    They didn’t get away with it because of the swarms of little guys who have blogs. The bloggers experimented with fonts, reproduced the forged docs on their own computers, tracked down typewriter enthusiasts, contacted document verification specialists, compared and contrasted. Rinse and repeat a thousand times.

    So the bloggers nibbled at this, nibbled at that, everyone doing their part. One blog alone was too small and insignificant to do anything. Together they exposed a national hoax, and in record time.

    So we’re the nanites of the information age. Wake up and blog, guys. I want to see what’s going to be built today.

     

    2 Responses to “Gung Ho”

    1. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      Interesting insight Jim. Do guerillas and terrorists conduct nanoscale war? Death by a thousand cuts?

    2. James R. Rummel Says:

      That’s a very interesting idea, Michael. Never thought of it that way but it’s certainly a logical extension of the analogy.

      James