Nano-ecology on Bothyga M'Vau (above). The planet was seeded by the Makrimche Polyst clade of AIs in the 4840's as an experiment in open-ended eco-art. The nanosphere is based on 548 basic "celltypes", which can be recruited into various forms. Most structures grow simply by persuading the components of other structures to join them according to the complex microsocial rules laid down in the initial cells, making biology and memetics identical. Most structures are very light, and can easily drift away in the methane-laden atmosphere. None of the structures exhibits traditional intelligence, although fierce competition favours structures able to deduce complex consequences of the microsocial rules.
Nano-ecology, Nanecology - Text by Anders Sandberg A distributed system of nanodevices and the structures constructed by them that self-organizes in a bottom-up manner without any central control; analogous to an ecology. Sometimes used to denote the entire nanosphere of a world, even when parts of it are under top-down control.