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In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains of rice.

These “smart dust” particles, as he called them, would monitor everything, acting like electronic nerve endings for the planet. Fitted with computing power, sensing equipment, wireless radios and long battery life, the smart dust would make observations and relay mountains of real-time data about people, cities and the natural environment.

Now, a version of Pister’s smart dust fantasy is starting to become reality.

“It’s exciting. It’s been a long time coming,” said Pister, a computing professor at the University of California, Berkeley.
The Diamond Age
Author Neal Stephenson
Cover artist Bruce Jensen
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction novel
Publisher Spectra (U.S.A.)
Publication date 1995
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback) & Audio Book (Cassette, Audio download. Narrator: Jennifer Wiltsie) & e-book
Pages 455 pp (hardcover), 512 pp (paperback)
ISBN ISBN 0-553-09609-5 (hardcover), ISBN 0-553-38096-6 (paperback)
OCLC Number 30894530
Dewey Decimal 813/.54 20
LC Classification PS3569.T3868 D53 1995
Preceded by Snow Crash
The Diamond Age: Or, A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer is a postcyberpunk novel by Neal Stephenson. It is a bildungsroman focused on a young girl named Nell, and set in a world in which nanotechnology affects all aspects of life. Some main motifs include: education, social class, ethnicity, and the nature of artificial intelligence. The Diamond Age was first published in 1995 by Bantam Books, as a Bantam Spectra hardcover edition. In 1996, it won both the Hugo and Locus Awards,[1] and was shortlisted for the Nebula and other awards,[1] placing it among the most-honored works of science fiction in recent history.[2]
any smart invention it seems will go big brother's way these days
a bit bigger than a dust particle or grain of rice but non the less. do we expect anything different.

if and when a product the size of a dust particle is made. the gray area will be where it's alowed to dropped.

if it blows onto my garden or car will i be able to sue for invasion of privacy etc.

if and when it does happen we'll be a lot more advanced in other monitoring areas that on a personal level the dust won't be relevant.

our clothes will prob be made to give off signals etc. and as benny said we may even be tagged at birth

it's not to science fictiony to think that in 50 years the authorities will be able to hear and see everything we do.