It’s official, we’re living in the darkest timeline in which The Terminator may become reality.
To those people: no one said you couldn’t, we said you shouldn’t.
But it turns out the little melty men might have the chance to save some lives with their newfound skills, so it’s not all bad.
In a video released by researchers, a tiny little robot akin to a T-1000 Terminator cyborg can be seen escaping a teeny weeny jail cell.
The robot can be seen melting down into a liquid form to move through bars.
Once free, it returns itself to its solid state.
Move buffs will remember the scene from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, in which the solid metal T-1000 shapeshifts to a watery substance in order to glide through a set or bars that was blocking its way while trying to kill Sarah Connor.
Researchers did assure the world that their robot mini was never tasked with the murder of John Connor, so that’s nice.
Senior author Professor Carmel Majidi explained the science behind the shape shifting robot, revealing that magnetic particles come into play in two ways to facilitate the liquidation.
“One is that they make the material responsive to an alternating magnetic field, so you can, through induction, heat up the material and cause the phase change.” she said, as per Matter.
“But the magnetic particles also give the robots mobility and the ability to move in response to the magnetic field.
She added: “Future work should further explore how these robots could be used within a biomedical context.
“What we’re showing are just one-off demonstrations, proofs of concept, but much more study will be required to delve into how this could actually be used for drug delivery or for removing foreign objects.”
Doctor Chengfeng Pan explained how the robot could be utilized in modern medicine.
“Giving robots the ability to switch between liquid and solid states endows them with more functionality,” he said, as per Matter.
“Now, we’re pushing this material system in more practical ways to solve some very specific medical and engineering problems.”
Pan, who is team leader on the research project, explained they also used the robots to remove a foreign object from a model stomach and to deliver drugs on-demand into the same stomach.
Impressive, and potentially medically groundbreaking.
Welcome to the future. Population: you.