Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Welcome to the Future

Well, while we've all been sitting around blogging and chatting and tweeting and Facebooking and so on, the people at Terrafugia have been making the flying car a reality. The Terrafugia had its maiden voyage today:

Meanwhile, in Japan, the robots continue to be made--but not yet maid. This "supermodel" robot can pose and walk and show some emotions--but she's not taking out the trash anytime soon, and isn't about to help Mrs. Jetson make dinner.

I think the most impressive use of sci-fi technology I've read about today is this high-tech bug zapper, though. It uses Star Wars laser technology--no, not Lucas's version, Reagan's version:

Scientists in the U.S. are developing a laser gun that could kill millions of mosquitoes in minutes.

The laser, which has been dubbed a "weapon of mosquito destruction" fires at mosquitoes once it detects the audio frequency created by the beating of its wings.

The laser beam then destroys the mosquito, burning it on the spot.

Developed by some of the astrophysicists involved in what was known as the "Star Wars" anti-missile programs during the Cold War, the project is meant to prevent the spread of malaria.

Lead scientist on the project, Dr. Jordin Kare, told CNN that the laser would be able to sweep an area and "toast millions of mosquitoes in a few minutes."

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people from the bites of female mosquitoes.

It is particularly prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world and kills an African child every 30 seconds, according to the World Health Organization.

There are an estimated 300 million acute cases of malaria each year globally, resulting in more than one million deaths, the WHO reports.

Flying cars. Robots. Mosquito death-rays. Welcome to the twenty-first century.


Charlotte (Matilda) said...

The Professor wants to know where he can get one of those mosquito death rays and wants to volunteer to be the first mosquito bounty hunter.

Red Cardigan said...

Funny! Tell the Professor his Aunt would like one that targets wasps. :(

LarryD said...

MrsLarryD would like an SDI laser machine that targets spiders. said...

Flying cars? Who cares. Supermodel robots who can't take out the trash, but can look at you angrily? Ho, hum. But mosquito death rays? Heck yeah, baby! Finally something to get excited about. I want one, and I want it now!