You Can Now Feel 3D images, Thanks to This New Tech


Imagine an interactive, 3D representation of some object or person or infographic that you can see and touch and hear. It sounds like something out of Star Wars, to be honest, but you don’t have to imagine anymore. That tech is here—or something like it—and it achieves all of it just by using sound. Unlike its science fiction counterparts, this 3D imaging technology is not a hologram— it’s called the ‘multimodal acoustic trap display.’ It employs a tiny foam bead with about a 1 millimeter radius, and that bead is made out of similar material to packing peanuts, a lightweight plastic called polystyrene. The bead is acoustically trapped in a pocket of low pressure air created by ultrasound waves coming from transducers on either side of it— essentially levitating the bead in the air. A computer system controls the transducers that are emitting the ultrasonic field, and they can be programmed to manipulate that field to move the low pressure pocket— and therefore the bead—around in 3D space. The bead can move so fast along a programmed path through the air that our mind doesn’t register it as a single particle, but instead as a line. See, human eyes can take a moving particle and perceive it as one continuous geometry if the particle completes a shape in under 0.1 seconds, so that’s how fast the bead has to move, at a minimum, for us to see the completed whole object. And on top of this, as the bead is speeding around, it’s being illuminated at various points in its path by different colored lights, so that different parts of the shape it creates can look different colors. Remember, this is still just one bead! And it gets even more wild, which I kinda didn’t think was possible. Acoustic sound that we can hear coming from the visual content can also be created by vibrating the particle in a particular way. And the ultrasonic field around the 3D object can be modified to induce vibrations that you can feel on your skin and register as ‘contact’. So as you can imagine, the applications for this tech are honestly kinda the stuff of our wildest dreams. It could be used to truly visualize and interact with information, making it possible for us to touch it and even perhaps manipulate data and ask it new questions in real time. Like, picture a computer screen with your experimental results on it, and then picture those results in 3d, and you can feel them and move them around with your hands instead of clicking around your screen with a mouse. It’s all very Tony Stark-y. It could definitely be used in entertainment to create an experience you can interact with and feel and see and hear without the need for any kind of headset. And in the same vein, in the future, it could be an ultra realistic way to spend time with loved ones who are far away. No more being confined to a tiny screen, you could actually interact with them even if they’re on the other side of the world! And some experts even think this could one day revolutionize 3D printing. You could load the beads in the system with some kind of substance that they can deposit to fabricate a 3D item. Others even say that eventually, systems like this could produce images of things that look so real, and that you can touch, and that make sound, and that are so realistic they’re almost impossible to tell from the real thing. I mean…WHAT?!? But there are still a few drawbacks: the display can’t currently give you the visual, tactile and high quality directional audio cues all at once, so some modifications do need to be made for a truly immersive experience. And of course, the visuals the team has achieved so far involve only one bead. And the images are really small, only about 10 centimeters large— because that’s about how big the air pocket is that the bead is trapped in. And as you can see, they’re relatively simple, especially when compared to the jaw-dropping applications the researchers hope this tech could eventually achieve. But it’s an incredibly impressive and exciting proof of concept nonetheless. Next steps are to enlarge the plane that holds the object, which will require more powerful ultrasonic transducers and most likely—more beads. We may not have flying cars or true hoverboards yet, but at least we have this! The 2020s are shaping up to be way cooler than I thought they’d be. Do you have another crazy science fiction technology you want to see come to life? Let us know in the comments below, and make sure you subscribe to Seeker to learn about all the latest tech as it comes out. For even more futuristic tech developments, check out this video here, and as always, thanks for watching, I’ll see you next time.

100 Comments

  1. skyline2fly said:

    Boxers just leveled up 💪🏻

    January 3, 2020
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  2. GreenPathsChan said:

    what if you

    catch it

    January 3, 2020
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  3. SovanaraMusic said:

    Bare in mind that the 2020's are the 1920's of the 3020's…

    January 3, 2020
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  4. Casey W said:

    This are really easy to make. I was at a conference where a mobile version was shown and a talk given about it. I made one a couple of years ago, they really aren’t that complex. Cool to see some variation on it.

    January 3, 2020
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  5. kuatum Poole said:

    Ehh, kinda lame old news

    January 3, 2020
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  6. Black Orfice said:

    HEY SEEKER, ALWAYS MENTION THE THEORETICAL LIMITS OF TECHNOLOGY ON YOUR VIDEOS!

    January 3, 2020
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  7. glitch gamer said:

    Porn industry and users are happy

    January 3, 2020
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  8. movement2contact said:

    CGI parts and the actual live images seemed quite different I'd say…

    January 3, 2020
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  9. your comment might not work so please said:

    OMG thats wild really cool really cool

    January 3, 2020
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  10. Bri10 said:

    This feels like deja vu, except I recall Amanda doing the video

    January 3, 2020
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  11. Gypo said:

    I feel it’s more Star Trek than Star Wars

    January 3, 2020
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  12. ali fattah said:

    long time I was waiting for this to come. I wished light rays could interact with each other but sine its not possible human had to find other ways i'm glad to see this

    January 3, 2020
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  13. Lawrence Kassab said:

    This is another step to my theory, that sound is important to the universe

    January 3, 2020
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  14. Mariano Alippi said:

    You know that you already do it with your beautiful voice ? you have the capability with your sound vibrations to make me feel exactly that but if there is a chance to implement your narration with this kind of Art Technology it could be amazing!

    January 3, 2020
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  15. #1 Tako said:

    Unfortunately this requires an atmosphere to work but this is still pretty cool!

    About the 3D printing… the machine that manipulates the sound waves could easily be modified to change frequencies to weld certain materials together (sonic welding has been around for a long time and occurs really quickly). I can easily see this machine moving many particles into a certain shape that someone is trying to make. Once they find the shape they want they would hit a print setting on the machine and the levitating powder would instantaneously go from levitating to welding together with it's neighbors.

    Needless to say I am really looking forward to seeing the full potential with this tech.

    January 3, 2020
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  16. Pink Lion Gaming said:

    2:38 wait is that real

    January 3, 2020
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  17. God King said:

    Spooky action 👻

    January 3, 2020
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  18. PsychoticWolfie said:

    Holodeck

    January 3, 2020
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  19. ThatsSOJohn said:

    By 2050 life is going to be freaking amazing!! If we don’t die from war, climate change, & or aliens😭😂

    January 4, 2020
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  20. Adeeb Md said:

    I can imagine the sith lord on my palm but like a huge box

    January 4, 2020
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  21. The Fresh Prince of All Sayians said:

    Give it 10 minutes someone will make a "get your d*** sucked* app

    January 4, 2020
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  22. Chris Powell said:

    https://www.gofundme.com/f/to-buy-a-house-for-my-wife-and-kids?utm_medium=copy_link&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-sheet&pc_code=ot_co_dashboard_a&rcid=e840e96ec3e34f429dc164e1fe6675f6

    January 4, 2020
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  23. Luda Critz said:

    Damn, switched to a new browser, watched so many ads forgot what video was going to play. …time to fix that crap.

    January 4, 2020
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  24. Public Service Announcements PSA's said:

    It's causing global warming!!

    Propaganda

    January 4, 2020
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  25. Luda Critz said:

    …alright, we're all thinking I'm just saying it but the porn industry needs to jump on this new technology.

    January 4, 2020
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  26. Lord Waluigi said:

    If they can figure out how to map multiple beads at once and have a bigger chamber with even more focused sound generators, this can go to a whole new level

    January 4, 2020
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  27. kandysman86 said:

    The 3d printing idea must be one of the most stupid things I've ever heard. Yet you presented it like it was even remotely plausable, and not utter nonsense . The bead is polystyrene for a reason.

    January 4, 2020
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  28. Moth’s Mummy said:

    So I could have someone who no longer loves me, back again sitting in my room. Like a 3D photo. Yes please

    January 4, 2020
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  29. americanwillow said:

    We all know that this will be used to push porn forward, just as all technology has been used to do.

    January 4, 2020
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  30. Dan Slik said:

    Lol, Neil DeGrasse Tyson is such a lying, Godless, piece of shit, and he knows it.

    January 4, 2020
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  31. Fuseteam said:

    its needs a bottom and a top relatively close to each other so not that impressive
    what is impressive is that we can move the beat around now

    now if it could be levitated from the bottom without needing the and the bead(s) can change color in a controlled way we'll have a true hologram.
    then again you did say it's not an hologram :3

    the latter may be easier to achieve tbh. a swarm of beads that are moved while their colors are controlled via wireless communication technology

    January 4, 2020
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  32. Guru said:

    Who else here before WWIII????😂😂

    January 4, 2020
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  33. Brodie said:

    What music did you use towards the start of the video?

    January 4, 2020
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  34. Proud violent Libtard said:

    Not impressed. Where are our flying cars?

    January 4, 2020
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  35. Carl Giuliano said:

    Okay but… wouldn’t it be noisy?

    January 4, 2020
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  36. Carl Giuliano said:

    You showed a big ass butterfly, then said they can’t do it.

    January 4, 2020
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  37. DontMaskTruth said:

    Wakanda finally shared their tech with us…

    January 4, 2020
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  38. Pat Hut said:

    Year 2111

    You can go to another solar system for vacation with your family

    January 4, 2020
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  39. Nemoland 4 said:

    Just wait until someone made inappropriate thing out of it

    January 4, 2020
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  40. Minus256 said:

    CRT on steroids

    January 4, 2020
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  41. OwenWithAHammer said:

    This is like a worse version of polygen…

    January 4, 2020
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  42. Jadden said:

    VR with this 😉

    January 4, 2020
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  43. US said:

    Looking forward to 3D head pats
    ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    January 4, 2020
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  44. sandip biswas said:

    So now for real we get to see Tony stark techs.

    January 4, 2020
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  45. Funky Student said:

    CRT holograms

    January 4, 2020
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  46. TikiShootah said:

    You can't interact with it, because as soon as you touch or impede the bead, the image would stop…

    January 4, 2020
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  47. ttt ppp said:

    Imagine watching porn with this

    January 4, 2020
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  48. Frank Jaeger said:

    Too bad most us will be too old or dead to enjoy this technology.

    January 4, 2020
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  49. fowling snicker said:

    Imagine the sorts of malfunctions that can happen with this tho 😅 when hentai waifu is in reality a bead flying at bullet speed…

    January 4, 2020
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  50. Bennie Saying Things said:

    Okay I gotta be that guy.
    Star TREK made more extensive use of hard light holography.

    January 4, 2020
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  51. Vega punk said:

    0:11 *star trek

    January 4, 2020
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  52. it's all relative said:

    Soon we'll have the JOY from blade runner.Can't wait.

    January 4, 2020
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  53. JRod said:

    Holograms…

    Nice

    January 4, 2020
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  54. Pauldanne Lachica said:

    we are in the future now

    January 4, 2020
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  55. Alina Almasan said:

    I still don’t know what this is. She’s saying you can touch it .. but no one touched anything in this video.

    January 4, 2020
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  56. Future Automation said:

    Could we first design gaming device using this technology first. Hope it would be a miracle

    January 4, 2020
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  57. PalimpsestProd said:

    well that gives new meaning to "sift the data" or "poke the data"

    January 4, 2020
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  58. Beach&BoardFan said:

    Cmon Ana de Armas VR from bladerunner!!!!

    January 4, 2020
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  59. Crimsonfireball said:

    Looks like quantum mechanics. Maybe this is how electrons work?

    January 4, 2020
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  60. warewareno said:

    God, she’s so hot. 😩 I want one that can make her

    January 4, 2020
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  61. Piotr said:

    One step closer to running the simulation

    January 4, 2020
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  62. Pladimir Vutin said:

    Actually, it doesn’t seem that useful. I don’t think it’s gonna scale well. Remember the hololens?

    January 4, 2020
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  63. nunya said:

    I can't call you today: I'm all out of styrofoam beads…

    January 4, 2020
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  64. JustinTheDragonKing🐲 said:

    Cool

    January 5, 2020
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  65. Aaron Williams said:

    Some nanoelectromagnetic skinclad filament armor would be cool tech

    January 5, 2020
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  66. Walker Basham said:

    Use photons instead of polystyrene, then we’ll talk. Hardlight!

    January 5, 2020
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  67. Silver King said:

    AANNNNNNNDDDDDDD we will never get a follow up video. Ever. As always. With every "Wow!" "Technology!" Video that seeker does.

    January 5, 2020
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  68. Darkstar Dream said:

    I am having Deja Vu I have watched this before in this chanel

    January 5, 2020
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  69. EnderRaptorYT said:

    I dont like how technology keeps advancing more and more by the second.

    January 5, 2020
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  70. Head Vodon said:

    We will not watch porn in future.
    We will be enjoying with our fav pornstar.

    January 5, 2020
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  71. 2DUMBtv said:

    How fast is this bead really moving though?

    January 5, 2020
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  72. Tirth Deshpande said:

    Hi seeker ,I hope you read this comment, but I had a request that can you make a video by reading this article about real time machines possible I am leaving the link for you to read and make a video of possible https://futurism.com/astrophysicist-build-time-machine-past

    January 5, 2020
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  73. Team Robert said:

    I’m excited for fusion! 🙂❤️

    January 5, 2020
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  74. Swapnil Shinde said:

    Is the Host Lauren German's sister? Coz she lot looks like her.

    January 5, 2020
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  75. Federico Jimbo Smithson said:

    this is cool, but still flying cars are cooler & far more practical

    January 5, 2020
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  76. townrumor said:

    Wow 😲 so we really are going to get invisible force fields

    January 5, 2020
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  77. The MasterYocheese said:

    Wake me up when this will gets out

    January 5, 2020
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  78. mraaronhd said:

    One day, man will be able to stick his penis into it.

    January 5, 2020
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  79. parag parate said:

    Hentai first thought……most popular

    January 5, 2020
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  80. Law Butler said:

    Weird science!!

    January 5, 2020
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  81. amirza1985 said:

    Yup. You guessed right. Will be used for sex ASAP.

    January 5, 2020
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  82. realmenwearcamo said:

    This should be used to revolutionize learning.

    January 5, 2020
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  83. I quit YouTube said:

    Imma buy 1 for pornhub

    January 5, 2020
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  84. Jeramie James said:

    Like a one electron universe in a box

    January 5, 2020
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  85. Juff rey said:

    Can you kiss it and have sex with it?

    January 5, 2020
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  86. Still Chill alberto said:

    Bois we don't need to raid area 51 no more. Aliens waifus HENTAI everything ALIVE

    January 5, 2020
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  87. Boi Mesa said:

    This again..??

    January 5, 2020
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  88. Virtual Martini said:

    So the one thing you absolutely can't do is touch this thing, clearly.

    What bullshit.

    January 6, 2020
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  89. FrizzLokeyEpic said:

    This is basically sci-fi from the 2000s and only 20-29 years later it's not …. wow

    January 6, 2020
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  90. PRATEEK MANTA said:

    Doremon's Anywhere door !!!

    January 6, 2020
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  91. William Mickelson said:

    This sounds like the way a hover board will be created 🙂

    January 6, 2020
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  92. bigbuttmcgraw said:

    Oh my god! Red dwarf … Rimmer's light bee. lol

    January 6, 2020
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  93. blueyesamurai two said:

    I'll take a DD Cup with long erect nippels!

    January 6, 2020
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  94. Yuu Chang said:

    My dreams of being a Holophonorist aren't unrealistic.

    January 6, 2020
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  95. Isaac E. Olivas Gonzalez said:

    Getting head from tech, cool

    January 6, 2020
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  96. Jesus Torres Barajas said:

    Circumstantal limiting lasers for holograms.
    A lazer is infinite in a sense of distance depending on power or energy behind it.
    Think, limiting the distance of a laser a laser base that distributes lasers in all directions no just liner but more in a bolder sense to creat more dimensions.
    On touches the light the the peripheral senses and that's how touch holograms can be manipulated almost like a screen …

    January 6, 2020
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  97. Skip Michael said:

    Or a force field…..

    January 6, 2020
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  98. Jason Karim said:

    This video has Vsauce energy

    January 6, 2020
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  99. MERCH said:

    Obviously it will be used against humanity, give this to to AI with deep fake capability + machine learning and we’re gonna see big bad things. Maybe it’s already on the way

    January 6, 2020
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  100. Digital Nation said:

    this comment section:
    90% horny dude
    10% science fiction nerd

    January 6, 2020
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