Swarm (nanotech or biology)
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[1] Massive numbers of nanobots acting in concert for different purposes. Because nanobots are too small and numerous to be controlled individually, they are usually directed in swarms. Each swarm is comprised of trillions of nanobots, and in a sense comprises an extended superbot, much as an insect swarm represents and extended superorganism (in fact nanobot swarming was originally directly modelled on insect swarms.

[2] Co-ordinated or uncoordinated mass or cloud of interplanetary-capable capable nanite goo, sometimes (but not always) in the form of suite of specialized types including replicator, attack, and utility nanites, and which are used for offensive military or terrorist purposes.

[3] Any biological organism or alife in which millions of individuals move and act as if one.
 
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Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 31 December 2001.