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The Fools!

September 11th, 2005

In this morning’s News-Gazette, an article told of a team of University of Illinois researchers hard at work developing synthetic materials that mimic the human circulatory system. Minute channels could carry molecular agents which might regulate temperature or react to environmental toxins. While everyone cited in the story seemed to think it was a great idea, I found myself filled with horror.

See, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard from this bunch. According to the article, “Four years ago, Scott White and University of Illinois colleagues announced that they had created a class of composite materials capable of healing themselves when damaged, like the body heals a cut or scrape. The secret was tiny capsules of healing agent that broke open when damage, a crack for an example, occurred in the materials. The agent reacted with a catalyst, also built in, and hardened to fix the problem.”

One drawback to that idea is that the healing capsules are only good for a single use. Another break in the same location would go unrepaired. And that’s where the circulatory system comes in. Clever, huh?

Now, if you know me, you may begin to understand why I read this not with wonder, but with stark, raving fear. For surely, this will be the first step to…

Indestructible killer androids.

Don’t laugh. You can see where all of this leads. Perpetually self-healing synthetic bodies, installed with the computing power that drives those seemingly-innocent Best Buy toys Robosapien and his new friend, Roboraptor? Mark my words, one day soon we will all bow to our android dinosaur overlords.

Have we learned nothing from B-movies? Did all of those cautionary tales about science gone mad fail to caution us?

The fools! They’ll destroy us all!

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