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A microscopic robot built from nanoscale components, typically 0.1 to 10 micrometers in length.

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a microscopically small robot
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"1 don't expect you to stop, but I hope others in the chemical community will join with me in turning on the light and showing our children that, while our future in the real world will be challenging and there are real risks, there will be no such monster as the self-replicating mechanical nanobot of your dreams."