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"In 1970 I found little difficulty staying 30 years ahead of the man in the street, and now I find it difficult to stay 18 months ahead of the man on the street."
- Vernor Vinge

Orphids  
  Nanomachines replicate theselves from dust - and cover the Earth.  

"Orphids self-reproduce using nothing but dust floating in the air. They’re not destructive. Orphids are territorial; they keep a certain distance from each other. They’ll cover Earth’s surface, yes, but only down to one or two orphids per square millimeter. They’re like little surveyors; they make meshes on things... You'll see a few million of them on your skin, and maybe ten sextillion on Earth's whole surface.."

"Orphids use quantum computing; they propel themselves with electrostatic fields; they understand natural language; and they're networked via quantum entanglement..."

From Postsingular, by Rudy Rucker.
Published by Tor Books in 2007
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