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Another Pointless Coincidence


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

"A British company has developed a camera that can detect weapons, drugs or explosives hidden under people's clothes from up to 25 meters away in what could be a breakthrough for the security industry. The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls 'passive imaging technology' to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit. The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says."

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?

1. Coincidence.

2. Apophenia.

3. If we build it… in an hour, he could have total recall.

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