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Friday, August 5, 2016

Shape-shifting Terminator T-1000 robot 'could become a reality'

You can hope for a better tomorrow
But from here things look really fucked

(UK Independent)  -  The shape-shifting Terminator T-1000 robot which appeared in the 1990s film franchise could become a reality after a breakthrough in liquid-metal technology, scientists have claimed.
The researchers managed to create switches and pumps that operate by themselves out of a liquid metal alloy. And they said the technique could be used to create electronic devices that act more like living tissue – or even a version of the fearsome T-1000.
In the films, the robot appears virtually indestructible as it can quickly repair any damage. It can also take on any appearance it likes and slide under doors or through the bars of a prison cell.

The current research is some distance from achieving anything so complex.
A team of engineers at RMIT University in Melbourne began by putting a droplet of liquid metal into water and discovered they were able to make primitive machines.
Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, who led the work, said: “We adjusted the concentrations of acid, base and salt components in the water and investigated the effect. Simply tweaking the water's chemistry made the liquid metal droplets move and change shape, without any need for external mechanical, electronic or optical stimulants.
“Using this discovery, we were able to create moving objects, switches and pumps that could operate autonomously – self-propelling liquid metals driven by the composition of the surrounding fluid.
“Eventually, using the fundamentals of this discovery, it may be possible to build a 3D liquid metal humanoid on demand – like the T-1000 Terminator.”
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Spot, a quadruped prototype robot developed by Google's Boston Dynamics, aids Marines in clearing a room during a demonstration at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., Sept. 16, 2015.

"Spot" the Terminator
.Stage One  -  Give the early stage Terminators like "Spot" friendly names so as not to frighten the mouth-breathing public and protect funding.
Stage Two  -  As "Spot" morphs into a Terminator with artificial intelligence you take away weapons from human soldiers because they will no longer be needed.  The military press release will boast about all the lives that Terminators will save.
Stage Three  -  Well, if you can't figure out stage three then you are really fucking stupid.

"Defense network computers. New... powerful... hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination."
Kyle Reese
The Terminator (1984)

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