Scientists now claim that the shape-shifting Terminator T-1000 robots featured in the 1990's film franchise could become a reality after a recent breakthrough in liquid-metal technology.
According to Independent, "researchers managed to create switches and pumps that operate by themselves out of a liquid metal alloy." The groundbreaking technique could be used in the future to craft electronic devices that resemble living tissue or possibly even a version of the T-1000.
While the possibility is there, current research is still in its early stages and is a long ways from achieving anything of this magnitude. The team of engineers at RMIT University of Melbourne recently worked with the metal alloys by putting a droplet of liquid metal into water, and discovered they were able to construct primitive machines.
"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," project leader, Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh stated.
He continued: "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."
The professor did admit that the level of programming would need to be substantially more enhanced and complex than the current method in order to build a liquid metal robot. The constraints are a result of "metal in liquid form retains a highly-conductive metallic core and a this semiconducting skin, which are essential for making electronic circuits."
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