Since joining Asynt many years ago, watching movies with a scientific kind of setting or background has become more interesting because I can’t help but wonder what is based upon real technology or science, and what is going to inspire the engineers or scientists around the world to make what we see on the big screen become a reality.
Whilst watching the adorable Baby Groot dance to “Mr Blue Sky” melted my heart, I was first intrigued by the “pop up” helmet that actor Chris Pratt’s character, Peter Quill, wears for his jaunts into space. Imagine our astronauts being able to spacewalk safely with just a click of a button behind their ear? Teamed with the genius of Rocket, the genetically modified raccoon bounty hunter and mercenary who is the team’s master of weapons and military tactics, it seems that the Guardians of the Galaxy are unstoppable! Rocket masters science and engineering technologies with many of his inventions and tactical decisions but he’s rather lacking in empathy or morals unfortunately.
And what about Yondu Udonta, the vivid blue space pirate who cared for Peter after his abduction from earth? He carries an arrow that he directs by whistling and that gives him power to defeat almost all his foes. This kind of weapon could be both amazing and disastrous; saving lives but causing huge loss of life too!
We are seeing more technological and scientific developments that give some kind of motor control from our brain over external technology like prosthetic limbs for example. While the possibilities this technology opens up are huge we must consider the four basic principles of medical and research ethics: non-maleficence, beneficence, justice, and the right to self-determination. With the sadness of Nebula, adopted daughter of Warlord, Thanos, who systematically turned her into a cyborg whenever beaten in combat by her sister, Gamora, it’s clear (thankfully) that this isn’t how we should be looking at a developing relationship between humans and technology.
Whilst our chemists don’t work on weapons or space tools (we work on lots of other things though!) they are always looking at problems in new ways and working hard to find fresh solutions that give you effective, environmentally conscientious and cost effective ways of working. Whether that is a one-off tool designed purely for your team or a new system to bring to market, we are always growing and progressing our knowledge for widespread benefit. Working with you, whether with existing technology which needs fitting to your work or with entirely new technology, is something we all find exciting and we look forward to hearing your latest challenge!
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