This Week in the Future, September 28-October 2, 2009
Cyborg monkeys surf on OLED pickles. Ships emit slime, and our own Mikey Sklar’s Benz runs on vegetable oil. And a knife-wielding, thought-controlled robot still can’t conquer Japan. This is the Future.
Some of our favorite stories this week:
- Warships of the future may emit a lubricating slime from their hulls to glide through water with less resistance, increasing speed and fuel efficiency
- And speaking of slime, our resident DIY guru Mikey Sklar’s 1984 diesel Benz runs on vegetable oil. Here’s how he converted it.
- An MIT scientist artfully demonstrates how organic LEDs work by making one out of a good ol’ kosher dill.
- Japan’s Robo-One competition features, among many other ‘bots, one that’s controlled via neural signals and stabs with a knife
- Monkeys have already moved cyborg arms with their minds, but now they’re doing it WIRELESSLY thanks to a new implant created in Utah
- And James Naismith be proud–in the future, students of your ball-in-peach-basket game will make unbelievable–yet physically possible–basketball shots from hundreds of feet away.
Illustration by the great Baarbarian