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Although both women were visionaries it's probably safe to say that neither foresaw the full legacy of their genius: one of the most powerful tools in the fight against cancer, heart disease, and food-borne illness, an almost limitless source of heat and electricity, smoke detectors keeping watch while we sleep, automated probes exploring the furthest planets, and numerous other industrial, medical, and scientific applications.
He says the average computer with a high-speed connection will get scanned at least 10 times on the first day by automated probes.
He also claims that they drop automated probes along their routes.

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