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|02-14-10 07:28 PM|
Who needs nano bombs when you have Exterminatus? I imagine if Nano Technology was being introduced into a REDUX of 40K it would probably be used in the Standard Template Construct Devices. Huge metal tanks flooded with Nanobots who then make your tanks, buildings etc. Or as special Bolter Ammo, or perhaps as alternate way of creating Marines; micro cybernetic rebuilding instead of genetic manipulation.
However, if Nanotech were to exist in this Redux I would imagine it would belong to the Tau, they seem the most suited to that kind of tech.
But I believe Nano Tech exists in 40k already in the form of the Techno Organic Virus that created the Obliterator Cults.
|02-14-10 07:08 PM|
Good points, but...
I still like the Grey Goo and Close Combat Weapon ideas. Grey goo is definitely fanciful, but if the nanites are made of carbon, and they get energy from breaking down carbon (though now that seems unlikely because of the huge energy requirements to make complex carbon bonds) it could be possible. The CCW gets all the power it needs from the back pack power plant. Nanocontrollers could also make ammunition 'smart' or more devastating. Basically, other than the Grey Goo, which may or may not be possible (but is a cool idea) nanotechnology could just make the weapons or ammunition just a little bit better.
|02-14-10 05:52 PM|
I think the weapon described above (the so-called "gray goo scenario") aptly describes the Life Eater Virus weapon used to commit exterminatus. It's worth pointing out that Life Eater, despite its appellation, has virtually no traits that are consistent with an actual virus, but several traits consistent with a nanoweapon that could be thought of as "virus-like" in its virulence, adaptability, and self-replicating functions.
Limitations to nanotech that can explain its rather subdued use in 40k are difficulties in distributed intelligence and signal processing, power density, and heat exchange. Some of these limitations are pretty fundamental, which is why Diamond Age-type devices don't show up in "hard" sci-fi as much as they used to. Not that 40k is within shouting distance of "hard." Some of the limitations in question are discussed here.
|02-14-10 03:56 PM|
Nanotech in 40k
If you like Sci-Fi and nanotech, you have to read "The Diamond Age" by Neal Stephenson.
The scariest thing about nanotech, in my opinion, would be massive swarms of nearly invisible, self-replicating dust consuming all forms of carbon. It would be an all-consuming, unstoppable cloud unleashed on a world to strip it of all life. When all the carbon was consumed, the clouds would just run out of energy (unless they were photosynthetic, which would be a bad idea) and stop working, leaving a pristine, habitable planet completely devoid of life.
Unfortunately for 40k fans, this would be such an ultimate weapon, especially if the clouds could discern DNA or some identifying charachteristics of targets, that all other forms of combat would be rendered completely useless-- except against Chaos Daemons of course! Sort of like the ultimate Destroyer Plague-- Nurgle wins!
In terms of 40k, I think that nanotechnology makes the whole use of close combat weapons make a lot more sense. Today, you cant just use a sword against a tank, but with nanovibrating (I made that word up), powered weapons you could cut through anything.
|02-13-10 04:56 PM|
Originally Posted by piemaster View Post
You could use nano technology in war but since we don't in our time yet we can't imagine what horrors it would be likened to. I guess you could liken nano weaponry to the tyranid living ammunition whereby it continually burrows into you, killing you. Or eating away at the floor/roof/pressure suits/etc.
|02-13-10 01:54 PM|
|02-13-10 01:32 AM|
Or it'd just be used the same way all sci-fi settings use it. Magical cures. Cybernetic implants. Crazy haircuts.
|02-13-10 01:18 AM|
|GabrialSagan||OK. Everyone again missed the question I asked. I did not ask: find examples of nanotech in 40k I asked. "If 40k was being written today for the first time what role would nanotechnology play in the Imperium?"|
|02-12-10 07:13 PM|
|02-12-10 03:47 PM|
I guess that nanotech is used without much specific comment.
In one of the Shira Calpurnia novels, the title character is attacked by a swarm of all-consuming insect devices that sounds like a macro-scale grey goo weapon- such a system might very well use nanotech on some level.
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