The world of the very small is one that has intersted technology for decades, with the limitless possibilities of microscopic devices spurring on the quest to develop nano-scale robotics. Silk Corporation are the leading pioneers in this field, with complex, usable NanoBots developed for the medical industry that are a tenth the size of a single red blood cell.

How big is a Nanometer?

The average human hair is 75 microns in diameter, which equates to 75,000 nanometers. A red blood cell is around 7-8000 nanometers in diameter, and the Silk Corporation ReconBot, which is deployed to analyse organs, blood cells, tissue and everything else in the body of mammals, is less than 1000 nanometers in length. There are some Silk Corporation NanoBots that are less than 300 nanometers at their longest point, which are generally used en masse within a 'Collective Cognition' system, or NanoHive.

What is Collective Cognition?

Collective Cognition is a term used by Silk Corporation engineers to describe the intelligence of interlinking NanoBots in a NanoHive. Within a NanoHive there could be trillions of NanoBots, who each have a connection to the entire population of NanoBots within that NanoHive. This creates a Collective Cognition, whereby the colony of the NanoHive collectively acts as a brain, enabling complex decision making and instantaneous proactive and reactive actions.

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Machines built by machines

The only way to build very small machines is to make very small machines to build them. Silk Corporation's art of Nano Technology was a process of designing and building smaller and smaller machines, capable of intricate engineering and microscopic design. Not only were the Silk Corporation engineers designing microscopic robots that could infiltrate the human body and detect disease, but also creating machines that could build even smaller machines, down to the current record holding recon NanoBot which is less than 300 nanometers at its longest point.

The smaller the machine the more it becomes subject to the affects of the alien world of quantum mechanics. Thanks to Silk Corporation's groundbreaking work into molecular engineering, materials no more than a single atom in thickness allow us to create complex robots 250 times smaller than the width of a human hair.