Developed in 2143 by Bordstrum Konchū, the world renowned expert in molecular manipulation using nano-machines and a third generation Nano-engineer. His Grandfather Ito Konchū was recognized as one of the pioneers of nano-machine design. And his Father, Wilhelm Konchū, was responsible for most of the nano-tech used in modern medicine.
Molecular nano manipulation involves using very advanced nano-machines to restructure molecules in order to enhance their properties or create new ones. The process was widely used in the manufacturing of alloys and polymers, as well as micro circuitry, and of course, the manufacturing of other nano-machines.
The Autonomous Nano-machine Task System (ANTS) is uses nano-machines to perform extremely complex tasks independent of an operator. Once programmed the system either completes a one time task or to perform continued maintenance, using a basic distributed AI to handle resource management. There are various forms of the system commonly used.
Manufacturing ANT Systems can range in scale from the manufacturing micro circuitry to the manufacturing of ships and and buildings. They are efficient and precise, able to build even the most complex structures from the ground up. Industrial ANTS can produce a 12 meter space ready shuttle craft in roughly 18 hours. They can work in almost any environment including the vacuum of space where they can produce a fully operational 120 meter tall Isis Tempus space station in about 18 days. The only limiting factor for the system is available power source and available raw material. The power is provided by low yield nueon radiation, either as a generated field or more precise beam. The raw material comes in the form of Carbon Slugs. These slugs are comprised of densely packed base elements that can be restructured by the nano-machines into anything they might need. They’re typically mostly Carbon isotopes but the composition and size varies depending on application.
Maintenance ANTS are nano-machines built into almost all complex structures such as ships and space stations. They can be powered by a charge carried through the structure itself or by an external Nueon power source. Their purpose is the constant maintenance of the structure in which they are embedded. In large structures like space stations the ANTS are constantly repairing damage. In smaller structures, such as ships, they typically require an external power source and will use carbon stores when available, but will also redistribute existing structure to perform emergency repairs.
Medical ANTS are very specialized. Every human born since 2110 has been implanted with Medical ANTS in some form. They do not use Nueon radiation, instead they use the body’s electrical charge to perform maintenance tasks such as minor cellular damage. They can also be charged externally to boost their healing processes and aid in the repair and recovery of severe injury. In extreme cases they can even sustain brain function for days.
ANTS are a vital technology for human civilization, but they have been used for so long that they are often taken for granted.