This morning, as I awoke, I realized that damn automatic coffee pot hadn't gone off. No smell of fresh brewing coffee to greet me.
I stumbled through the cabinets looking for the can of coffee and measuring devices so I could make a pot....
I found the can and as I
lifted it, it slipped out of my hands and popped open. Spilling coffee grounds all over the kitchen floor and my bare feet. Just then, the
dog came running from the bedroom and went right through the mess on the floor, wagging her tail, as if to say good morning. I
reached down to pet her as she sat down in the grinds, and shook my head as she took off running through the house leaving a trail behind her.
After a bit of straightning up, I managed to make the coffee and gently pour some into my favorite mug. I wondered what kind of day
this was going to be. Sometimes, on days that start like this, I don't like to work in the lab. I can't afford a disaster out there.
That's all I'd have to do is spill coffee on my work bench!
After 2 coffees, I decided to risk working. Actually, I couldn't resist not working. The closer I get to completion, the more intensely
I seemed to work on it. Sometimes for 12 or 14 hours straight, without breaks, no stopping for anything. I've got to finish this soon. I
know my working time is limited, so I headed out to the shop. My wife was in the shower, I just yelled through the door, that
I'd be out in the barn and left the house.
As I crossed the paved driveway and onto the dirt that leads to the barn entrance, I noticed that the recent rains had
eroded the ground, much of the dirt that once covered the path had now washed away leaving fairly large pieces of uneven sized rock and
gravel. The worn path was in need of repair, but this was not the time to be concerned. I filed that thought in the back of my head
as I reached out to unlock the barn door.
Downstairs, on left-side of the barn are a bunch of wooden work benches that are covered in tools and unfinished projects. The right
side, below the lab, is a frighteningly messy section of old boxes, lawn equipment and bicycles. Lots of family memories here.
Like ghosts of christmas pasts and the old dreams of children as they grew up.
Today, I was hoping to finish up on the Optical Data Networks Backup System. In order to transmit huge amounts of data a very short
distance, I designed a series of four redundant monocrystal microfibers through a trunk (the blue-ish tube) that feeds directly
to the hull or shell. That's where all data is stored.
The hull serves as a protective cover and data storage. Any of these microfibers can handle the entire load of data coming through
at any given time. If one were to fail, the others should function flawlessly. Most of the time they are sharing the load anyway.
The secondary system, that I'm working on today, is a backup for this. These secondary systems provide protected linkage to key systems
in case of major failures or if intense damage occurs. I thought, at least they'll be able to make it back here.
This is where I've employed much of the macro-molecular technology in the 5-7 nanometer range. This system is always working, but
never really goes into effect until there is a failure of one of the four microfibers. When this happens, the nano-bots chain together
to re-construct any damage to the mono-crystal fibers. They do this so quickly, that nothing is lost. In the event repairs cannot be
made immediately, they can use themselves as the conduit until repairs are made.
Throughout this device I have used specialized nano-bots for repair work. They also exsist in the "head section", "helmet" and in
every connecting scenaro in the device.
Much of this device was actually built with nano technology. The working model that was in the photo next to the penny,
is being re-built by the nano-bots at about one-tenth of its current size, making my device about the size of a large grain of
I now have a trained set of nano-bots that can produce each part of my spy, and develop a new spy within two weeks time, if conditions
are perfect and all material is supplied in the proper environment. We're talking about a set of tireless workers each measuring the
width of about 1/80,000 of a human hair. Once the device is built they start on another and so on.
Each device also carries its own nano-bots for all repairs and situations that may arise. They keep it clean and functioning to the
highest degree unhumanly possible.
The nano-bots are ready to build ... but its me that has not finished the working original that they must model and then reduce in size.
I have had them build some of the test pieces for my spy, and they are wonderful workers. As a test, I damaged one of the mono
layer crystals by crushing it to almost microscopic dust ... they reassembled the crystal on a macro-molecular level so
quickly and perfectly, that I believe it is better than it was originally.
All the pieces have been built and tested independently and some in combination ... and soon, I will set them on their course to
assemble the first in a series of tiny spies, that will allow me to see and hear things that were never thought possible.
The spies they make, will be of one, almost undestructable, piece. It's visuals will be able to focus in any situation, because its
lenses are living things. There is no shape they cannot take on to provide instant focus in light and dark.
Soon, soon, I'll be able to test one of these and see just what it can do ...
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