> > One other scenario is that a civilization has indeed reached this > pervasive > > state, but not in a form we'd readily recognize. They may be > nano-lifeforms > > or microorganisms, for example. This is probably harder to believe because > > only so much complexity can be stored in such an organism, but you never > > know. > > Maybe you could have trillions of these nonolifeforms that are no more than > the eyes and ears of one superintelligent being. >
AKA: some distributed intelligence's "smart dust"?; geez there really isn't anything new under the sun!