Smart Dust MaybeThe Future of Involuntary Treatment of the Public
Smart dust is a name given to extremely small computing particles, RFID chips, or other very small technologies.
A popular article from Extreme Tech describes it in the headline: “Smart dust: A complete computer that’s smaller than a grain of sand.” An article from War is Boring is titled “Future Military Sensors Could Be Tiny Specks of ‘Smart Dust’ New technologies allow for extremely small — and ubiquitous — military sensors.” A paper from University of California, San Diego describes smart dust:
“The term “smart dust” originally referred to miniature wireless semiconductor devices made using fabrication techniques derived from the microelectronics industry. These devices incorporate sensing, computing and communications in a centimetre-sized package.”
consider what could happens when sensors, antennas, and even computing equipment can be combined into information gathering devices on the microscale. This is a concept known as “smart dust,” and it’s been kicked around in science fiction and research communities for awhile.
Simply put, smart dust is what will happen if miniaturization continues on its current trajectory — the point at which devices can be scattered to the winds in the millions, billions, or even trillions to measure the world in breathtaking detail. Big data and the Internet of Things gone wild.
It isn’t hard to imagine what the amazing and terrifying implications are!
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