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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I don't think that scenario is in any way realistic: It's unlikely we'll be able to produce an organism more capable of eating everything than what billions of years of evolution has already achieved.

Plus, if it were possible, the universe would be full of it: We're very likely not the oldest technologically advanced race.

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[–] chuckletrousers 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

It's unlikely we'll be able to produce an organism more capable of eating everything than what billions of years of evolution has already achieved.

Yeah, they didn't eat all those plastic bottles during the Pleistocene either.

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[–] Broc_Lia 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

The grey goo scenario isn't just "bacteria that can eat plastic." It's the idea of a nanite or biological organism that can eat almost everything and eventually spreads to cover the entire planet. If an organism that simple but robust and voracious were possible it would already exist.