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Inspired by: blogs » Gray Goo

version: 1 / created: 2009-10-06
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Originally submitted by: Rafael Popper
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Gray Goo


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
Free range, self-replicating robots that consume all living matter. However unlikely, experts say this scenario is theoretically possible, but not for some time.


robots, security, nanotechnology


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Type of event

Unplanned consequence of events/trends/situations (e.g. financial crisis, accidental breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.

Type of systems affected





please specify:
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union
Level 4: important for the whole world

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

Very uncertain

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Collapse of a system