3 Most Awesome New Technologies
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My first example of awesome new technology is the invisibility cloak. This is not your grandfather's cloaking technology, where the scene behind an object is filmed and displayed on screens in front of the object (like in the G.I. Joe movie), or where a "green screen" is used to project a background image onto all parts of footage that are a certain color. This is invisibility accomplished by the use of metamaterials that can actually bend light along a proscribed pathway around an object and re-assemble it on the other side .
This technology is useful for much more than just light invisibility too; it will eventually be useful for manipulating any and all types of wave energy. Sound cloaks will result from this, making ships invisible to sonar, and allowing each of us to have our own peaceful sound bubbles . Tsunamis will be bent to flow around islands and continents . Earthquakes will bounce harmlessly through the Earth's crust, missing populated areas, as if they were not there .
There are, of course, potentially negative side-effects of this technology , but good or bad, the technology certainly is awesome! Wouldn't you agree?
My second example of an awesome new technology is the decoding of complex neural transmissions. This is not an example of a specific, physical invention, but of a process of technological development (an information technology, if you will) which has been enabling the creation of some very cool new devices. In 2003 "scientists in North Carolina had built a brain implant that lets monkeys control a robotic arm with their thoughts, marking the first time in history that mental thoughts and intentions had been harnessed and were able to move a mechanical object and perform various tasks such as grabbing objects and adjusting the grip. Last year, Professor Patrick Haggard presented a non-invasive method of trans cranial magnetic stimulation that allowed his assistant to manipulate the motor cortex of his brain to produce movement in his body that he did not initiate. Kind of scary to think about someone being able to make your body do stuff that you aren't in control of, but it's a necessary step in the process of ultimate computer-human interface (CHI, as I like to call it). This year, a device was made for which I have no other word than "awesome!" A bracelet-like device called Possessed Hand that can be fitted over the arm, and can stimulate nerves leading to the fingers to play guitar chords without the user knowing the song or even how to play a guitar!!! Goodbye air guitar; now we will all be able able to rip riffs like a pro without a single lesson (although our fingers will be bleeding until we form some calluses, but who cares!?!)
You know what this is all leading up to, don't you? You remember in The Matrix, when Neo learns Kung Fu by downloading the knowledge right into his brain? Well, we're gonna be spouting that line to other for real some day ("I know Kung Fu."), and THAT is gonna be awesome!
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