Our sister site keeps up with the plainly-visible automated machines that are precursors to The Robot Apocalypse. But what about the microscopic machines that the T900s will be working with? At right in the picture above is a Top Fuel dragster. To the left is a nanodragster; the red guys in the foreground are the front wheels, and the chassis runs to the rear axle and wheels.
Powered by heat or an electric field and running on a path of gold dust, the nanodragster is an exercise in how best to create machines one atom at a time. Eventually, entire clouds of such contraptions will be put to work
If you're waiting to see how it does the quarter-mile, you might want to leave your request in a time capsule: moving at .0005 inches per hour, it will run the quarter in about
[Source: Live Science]