You might be familiar with the liquid metal Terminator, which is also often referred to as the T-1000. We’re talking about the character and highly advanced cybernetic organism (cyborg) that appeared in the Terminator movie series. It marked its debut back in the 1991 movie “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” which was directed by James Cameron and portrayed by actor Robert Patrick.
The T-1000 is a creation of Skynet, the artificial intelligence that becomes self-aware and starts a nuclear apocalypse, leading to a war between humans and machines. Unlike the earlier Terminator model (T-800) portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, which was composed of living tissue covering an endoskeleton, the T-1000 is composed of a mimetic polyalloy, a liquid metal that allows it to take the shape of various objects or people.
But what if the liquid metal Terminator T-1000 isn’t just a fictional character? What if it will soon walk the surface of the Earth in the real world?
Metals can heal themselves
Daily Mail informs that a US-based study has revealed that metals have an intrinsic ability to heal themselves, even under certain conditions. This discovery could revolutionize engineering, with the possibility of self-healing engines, planes, and even robots on the horizon. Therefore, the T-1000 Terminator from the legendary 1991 sci-fi could become a reality.
The new study led by Brad Boyce at Sandia National Laboratories and Texas A&M University confirmed that metals have their own intrinsic ability to heal themselves, especially in the case of fatigue damage at the nanoscale. Metals used in vital infrastructure, such as bridges and planes, undergo repeated stress and motion, causing microscopic cracks to form over time.
Since the new study’s findings could revolutionize engineering when it comes to engines, planes, and even robots, we can keep in mind that the economic impact of failures in such areas is measured in hundreds of billions of dollars annually for the U.S.