by Pei-Wen Wang
The term “futuristic technology” was first coined to refer to the technology that is not developed by human beings on their own and has surpassed the current tech level. It is not yet scientifically proven and is known to violate the current laws of nature. Later on, the term refers to novel things that are beyond human’s understanding.
Monkey Playing Video Games Using Its Mind
Neuralink, entrepreneur Elon Musk’s start-up that is developing implantable brain-machine chips, released a 3-minute video showing a monkey playing a simple video game after being implanted a chip made using new technology. Pager, a nine-year-old macaque monkey, had a Neuralink chip implanted in the brain. He was taught to play MindPong, an on-screen game with a joystick. When he successfully moves the cursor, he is given some banana smoothie through a tube. Then, the joystick was disconnected from the computer, but Pager continued to move the cursor using only his mind.
In fact, the cursor was moved as the implanted chip read signals in Pager’s brain. Later versions will be able to shunt signals from Neuralinks in brain to Neuralinks in body motor/sensory neuron clusters, thus enabling, for example, paraplegics to walk again.
Benz S-Class- Eye Tracking 3D Dashboard
In 2021, Mercedes-Benz’s flagship S-Class went viral on the Internet. For the first time in history, Mercedes-Benz adopted 3D stereoscopic displays with integrated infrared eye-tracking technology that projects key navigation information directly within the driver’s eye line. With the intelligent 3D dashboard in front of the driver’s seats, the new Mercedes S-Class adopts the latest eye-tracking technology, facilitating drivers to switch directions with their sight while driving. The infrared camera built in the dashboard is able to “continuously track the driver’s eyes,” based on which spatial images for directions are generated. With this technology, drivers can have three-dimensional effects from every angle in sight.
Is it okay for electric appliance coming into contact with water safe?
It is common knowledge that electric appliances should not come into contact with water, but Zong-Zhan Lu, a senior manager at Foxlink Communication System Business Group (CSBG) pressed a hair dryer in operation into a transparent water tank for demonstration with his own hand without wearing gloves. Normally, people could get electrocuted for doing this, yet Lu ended up perfectly fine.
It was all because of NanoShield, a unique technology developed by Foxlink for 10 years and was for the first time introduced to the world. Nanomaterials are electroplated or sprayed on electric components for waterproof and insulation, so that the appliance can still function well.
With the advance of science and technology, many technologies that were previously imaginary or seen only in science fiction movies come true over time. In addition to bringing convenience to people’s life, technologies have been developed to a level even beyond people’s imagination.