Humans have recently made a big breakthrough in the development of a technology that will enable them to create nanobots that are expected to grow nano-colonies so as to build a subsequent generation of attobots (at the human level) which are expected to tell us (not consciously, due to the technical difficulties involved) how matter behaves at the very infinitesimally small level. It is expected that this sub-atomic probe will continue till we reach the end of divisibility.
These nanobots would never be able to create anything two orders above them, due to the lack of materials, much like humans cannot make anything bigger than two orders above them. To these bots, our world would be full of ‘dark’ matter and it might get difficult for them to understand their origins if they were to grow sentient (something that is expected).
This experiment is very promising.