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Swarm of nanorobots, computer artwork. Nanotechnology is an area of science concerned with producing mechanical entities whose size is measured in nanometres (billionth of a metre). It is hoped that robots of this size will have medical applications; they could be used at a cellular level to fight illnesses and disease. They would also have industrial and commercial applications in the production of intricate components. Some plans for nanobots involve self- replication - the robots both perform a task and collect materials to reproduce themselves, with more robots enabling the task to be completed faster.
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