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"The world is really so surreal these days that it's necessary for us to blunt it somehow in order to stay sane. The artist functions to short-circuit the buffering mechanism, so that people can occasionally perceive the weirdness of things as they are."
- William Gibson

Ballisticules  
  Nanotechnology devices that throw their weight around.  

See cookie-cutters for a complete entry. The name "ballisticule" is kind of interesting; the first part of the word refers to projectile motion, and the last part means small.

From The Diamond Age, by Neal Stephenson.
Published by Bantam Books in 1995
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