5 Amazing New Inventions (That Will Doom Humanity)
Flame Drillsa pair of flame drills that operate at temperatures of 3200 and 7200 degrees, respectively. That's hot enough to pretty well burn through anything, but rather than mounting them on the front of a spike-treaded tank and driving it into the UN to deliver his list of demands, Potter has instead opted to turn the fury of his psycho-drills on the very planet itself. At such high temperatures, the drills are capable of boring through the Earth's crust without ever actually touching the rock itself, thus eliminating the need for replacement drill bits, equipment maintenance and rock cooties. How This Will Change the World:
"Just harvesting some fuel."How This Will End The World:
Warp DriveWe're just going to do that. The term "warp travel" generally refers to a sort of jury-rigged workaround for the physical speed limit set by Einstein's Theory of Relativity, wherein one would propel space itself around a ship rather than power the ship through space. It's basically just exploiting a technical loophole in the universe, allowing us to travel at warp speeds by virtue of being total dicks to physics.
Take that, Physics, take it all!How This Will Change The World: How This Will End The World: its fatal flaw: A warp engine would work by creating a massive "bubble" of distorting energy behind the ship, but the energy output is so enormous that if it were to run out--like say, when you slow down, park or just run out of gas--the bubble would inevitably collapse on itself, thereby generating massive, sun-like temperatures before folding and creating a black hole. But hey, you've still got that engine! You can run away from it at warp speed! ...Unlike the solar system you're launching from.
"Boy, space sure was fun. Whelp, time to go."So sure, you may be able to travel to new galaxies and meet fascinating alien civilizations, but you'll be burning those bridges right behind you--along with the rest of their entire planet. We guess as long as you don't give a shit about the sanctity of alien life, and never plan on returning home, you can burn your way through the universe with your jerk-drive all you want. Jerk.
Artificial BrainBlue Brain Project, claims that scientists will most likely perfect the artificial human brain in the next decade. They've already got the first elements of an artificial rat brain nailed down which, incidentally, might explain why the Internet keeps hissing at us and scurrying into the corner. How This Will Change The World: How This Will End The World: we've seen an increase in rage, frustration and loneliness . Apparently, physical proximity is the only thing keeping empathy alive. Of course, this version of a virtual brain wouldn't possess the same worrying super-intelligence that we've been worrying about in our sci-fi, but really, is that comforting? After all, it's rarely the learned scholars who kill you for a hot dog and act surprised when they get the death penalty.
Love/Anti-Love Pilllifelong mating can be triggered, prolonged or even blocked by altering the level of certain chemicals in their brains. By injecting various levels of oxytocin into a female prairie vole's brain, Young was able to get the animal--a notoriously, fiercely monogamous creature--to immediately drop her current lifelong mate and bond, just as permanently, to the nearest male instead. In addition to officially using science for the saddest thing ever (crushing the hearts of adorable rodents), Young has also stumbled onto something potentially world-changing, because oxytocin has already shown similar effects in human patients. How This Will Change The World: How This Will End The World:
Computer Assisted Memorysilicon enhanced artificial neurons, to the shaky present-day experiments already underway that simply photograph your days and archive them in searchable databases - computer assisted memory, in one shape or another, is going to happen. How This Will Change The World: How This Will End The World: here and sign up. No experience necessary. See what other experiments science is conducting that Brockway thinks will destroy us, in The 5 Current Genetic Experiments Most Likely to Destroy Humanity. Or check out how science is trying to turn our lives into a Marvel movie, in 5 Superpowers Science Will Give Us in Our Lifetime. And swing by our Top Picks to see us trying to wrestle Swaim away from the office's new flame drill. Don't forget to follow us on Twitter to get previews of upcoming articles and trick your friends into thinking you're psychic.
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