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"The germinal societies like Singapore and communist Hong Kong may give us a mutant capitalism that is both virulent and efficient. This is a significant cultural danger."
- Gregory Benford

Nanobot  
  A robot constructed with nanotechnology.  

I synthesized a nanobot that goes after the things that would normally rot in your mouth while you are sleeping, and changes them into things that taste good.
From Steel Beach, by John Varley.
Published by Ace Putnam in 1992
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Compare to the autofac from Philip K. Dick's 1955 short story of the same name and the ultra-microrobots from A Menace in Miniature (1937), by Raymond Z. Gallun.

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