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"I'm a farm boy. It's very interesting; you can detect self-starting characteristics in this society and they are strongest among people who have had some kind of rural upbringing and a very impressionable stage."
- Frank Herbert

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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