It's amazing what technology can do. In fact, we're rapidly approaching a point in society where it's almost too impressive. Robots are just becoming so intelligent and proficient at executing traditionally human tasks that the deeply entrenched fears of AI replacing human beings have become more pronounced in the last few months.
However, even though robots and AI are becoming incredibly impressive, we still have a few uniquely human traits that they'll never be able to replicate. Can those creepy robots at Boston Dynamics stink like a human armpit after they run? I doubt it.
But even if robots can't mimic human funk, they're getting pretty close. Early this month, scientists unveiled a robot that can sweat. Not to be outdone in any arena, Netflix decided to up the ante and create posters for the Chris Hemsworth flick Extraction 2 that sweat too.
Now, onlookers can feel (literally!) the sweat that drips from Hemsworth's chiseled face during those unrelenting, death-defying sequences through interactive billboards in New York City and Los Angeles.
It's all part of Netflix's unconventional marketing strategy for the film, one that's designed to make viewers at home feel like they are part of the action. Directed by Sam Hargrave, "Extraction 2" picks up as Tyler Rake, back from the brink of death, embarks on a risky mission to save the imprisoned family of a ruthless gangster.
A first-of-its-kind innovation, Netflix constructed billboards of Tyler Rake that have technology to make it look like the hulking character is perspiring as intensely as he does on screen. Here's how the magic was made: Lasers were used to cut holes into Hemsworth's characters forehead to replicate pores. Then, there was a water supply behind the board that was pumped through the holes at a pressure and frequency to mirror the consistency of sweat.