Subject: Magic Dust
Date: Sun, 29 Nov 1998 21:10:26 -0500
From: "Rev. Random the Other" <email@example.com>
Organization: Gription Clench
Nanotechnology. I saw a picture recently that looked like an Andy
Warhol, but instead of Campbells soups, there were hundreds of what
looked like tiny watches with the rear covers removed. Itty Bitty
gears. A quarter of the picture was a large cube that turned out to be
a single salt crystal. A hundred of the tiny gearsets could fit on one
edge of a salt crystal. Pretty cool, I thought. Then I started reading
Yes, the CONSPIRACY exists even at the nanolevel. It was an Overlord's
wetdream. The Plan is to produce billions of tiny circuits, small as
Dust, each with the ability to "sense" various illegal substances. Upon
detection, the Dust would activate, alerting local/Federal authorities.
Power supplies are already there, the technology is advancing by leaps
and bounds, and with a relatively small investment they think they
could cropdust the whole damn country with sensors. They crowed about
how there is no "First Amendment garbage" to worry about, since no one
is MONITORING anything, just a chemical detection that triggers
notification ONLY if something illegal is cooking. They argued that any
judge would approve a search warrant based on the technology if enough
of these Dust particles reported sensing illegal substances - they can
avoid "misfire" problems by having hundreds per household. They talked
about targeting inner cities.
Not just drug sensors, but whole cameras can be build on this scale,
allowing law enforcement agencies to, for instance, get inside access
in hostage situations. They can be triggered by external alarm signals
to provide instant recordings at break-in sites (banks, businesses).
They talked about theft ID systems where merchandise would have built
in nanosignaling, continually broadcasting; a global broadcast of
"stolen codes" would trigger the nearest Dust to again report to
Federal or local authorities when they sensed the presence of a
reported code being used in the area, or simply to rotate the shielding
on the device to expose "something" that could be detected via overhead
flight or satelite. Plutonium, perhaps?
Invisible, pervasive traps set to spring, record and alert;
instantaneous admissible evidence, Judge, Jury and, hell, why not set
things to poison or explode on detection or demand? Chew their way up
nerve channels until they reached the brain, rotate some shielding and
It's what they DON'T say, what's between the lines, that's coming.
You know the Large Array Dishes used in radio-telescopics, where each
individual dish is small, but the combined action is effecively the
same as one HUGE dish? The heating plants in operation using Large
Array Mirrors to concentrate solar energy, each mirror only a few
feet across, but again the conbination acting like one vast parabolic?
Magic Dust is like that, but in reverse. Each will SUCK just a TINY
bit of Slack, but the COMBINED EFFECT will give them the VICTORY they
desire, or so they think.
And I wondered why "Bob" was spending so much R&D on vacuum and
filtration technology out there in Dobbstown.
Rev. Random the Other
Just a tiny bit of Gription