Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Have you seen this boy?

Oh shit.

Okay yeah they are trying to ride the curtails of the Transformers 2 hype which is fine I suppose but this is really cool stuff.

It would seem that the military is working on something that is called "programmable matter". The purpose of this matter is to allow the user to command the mass of matter to take on the form of whatever simple tool is needed at the moment. Imagine having a small container of this stuff instead of having to make room for small tools. Going to work on something screws but don't know what head or size they are? You can command the mass on the spot instead of trying to carry enough screwdrivers to cover all possibilities. Sounds cool right? It is until you think about the T1000 from Terminator 2.

Yeah I know you recall Robert Patrick as the liquid metal terminator that could shape his body into whatever simple tool he needed (usually blades). Now imagine if this stuff were to go Skynet on us and develop intelligence and start to think and act on its own and for its own? Yeah its all fun and games until a few million people are dead, the spirits of humanity are crushed, and machines run the planet.