For all its capabilities though, nanotechnology is not yet at a stage where there are little animated robots with arms and legs walking around.
"Will nanobots take over the world one day? Yes. But they don't exist today. All we have currently are inanimate nanotechnology," said Dickinson.
Her highly interactive session was part of the second day of Microsoft's TechEd 2014 taking place in Auckland this year. The four-day event will bring together around 2000 IT developers, tinkerers, vendors and partners to discuss the latest developments in Microsoft and its technologies.
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