As the leading hype-man of cinematic synthezoids in sweaters, I have to say that Captain America: Civil War has now retroactively become the worst film of 2016, simply for denying us the chance to see Vision to wear a three piece suit or a cardigan on the big screen.
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As if we needed more evidence that cephalopods are on the verge of a global uprising that will end in humanity's destruction, our favourite tentacled invertebrates appear to have an insane visual system that allows them to perceive colour despite being technically colourblind. This, along with distributed brains and the ability to bust out of jars from the inside? We're screwed.
Merging biology with electronics isn't a question of if, but when. Some enterprising biohackers have even decided that the time is now. Google-parent Alphabet appears to be preparing for our cybernetic future with a new patent for electronics that can be injected onto your eye.
It's possible to restore some rough semblance of sight in the blind with artificial retinas. New research suggests that varying the length of the electrical pulses used to let a blind eye "see" could enable much higher-resolution retinal implants, so that blind people can better navigate their environment with confidence.
How can a person see around a blind corner? One answer is to develop X-ray vision. A more mundane approach is to use a mirror. But if neither are an option, a group of scientists led by Genevieve Gariepy have developed a state-of-the-art detector which, with some clever data processing techniques, can turn walls and floors into a "virtual mirror", giving the power to locate and track moving objects out of direct line of sight.
A company called EnChroma has built a pair of glasses that claims to restore colour vision for the colourblind. Predictably, the internet has erupted with excitement. But it's not the first instance in which a piece of technology has made this bold assertion, and the science behind colour perception isn't straightforward. We decided it was time to figure out what's really going on.
When I called up the Columbia scientist whose mouse experiments inspired two biohackers to squirt chemicals in their eyes to induce "night vision", I expected, at best, cautious optimism. I did not expect him to tell me that, oh yeah, once, in his younger days, he hooked himself up to an IV and tried it, too.
Do you see Albert Einstein or Marilyn Monroe? If you see Einstein, that means your vision is good! If you see Marilyn Monroe, your eyes need some help. In the GIF above, you should see both as it zooms in. When the image is further away and smaller, you'll see Marilyn. As it comes closer, you'll see Einstein. The quicker you see him, the better your eyesight.
The human eye is a more complex and mysterious thing than we thought. Recently, a group of scientists were puzzled by flashes of green light they saw from an infrared laser, whose light should have been far outside the visible spectrum. Like scientists do, they investigated. Human eyes do indeed perceive infrared light, they found, but not they same way they perceive ordinary colours. It's weirder than that.