Lately I've been watching "Total Recall" a lot. You know, the movie where Schwarzenegger goes in for a memory implant of a vacation to Mars as a secret agent, and then the rest of the movie is exactly like the implant should have been, so you don't know whether it's purely the implant at work, a free-form delusion based on the implant, or total reality? Well anyway, there's one scene that is pretty neat (like most of the others) in which Arnold walks behind an X-ray screen. We, the viewers, then see him as a green skeleton on a black background. Later when he tries to walk behind the screen with a gun, the gun shows up as red, on his green skeleton, and sets off alarms.
This is an incredible piece of (imagined?) technology, and the potential applications for it are fantastic (such as in problem areas). But that's just a 1989 take on the future, right? Guess so… or so I thought.
Yesterday, I read on Yahoo that
First off, T5000?! Holy crap! Arnold's got his hands full this time…
But seriously, if you've seen "Total Recall" and know what I'm talking about, check out the picture Yahoo shows with the article. Sure, the guy is solid red, not a green skeleton, but still this thing looks like a step in the predetermined "right" direction. Awesome…
But wait! There's more. Then…
Last night I was watching a rerun of "American Dad" on Fox, and I think it was when the father took the son to the CIA that we, the audience, saw what the American Dad referred to as the XR-21 (X-Ray 21?), a machine that looked suspiciously like the screen from Total Recall. The father and son walked behind it, and they appeared to us as green skeletons.
That's three references to the same obscure piece of fiction-turning-fact machinery in just about 24 hours! What does it mean?
3. If we build it… in an hour, he could have total recall.If you enjoyed this post, I'd be delighted to have you as a subscriber to my RSS feed.