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Invisibility cloaks: Will we ever really have them?

24 October 2013

image of a business suit and hat with an invisible head

Invisibility cloaks are unlikely, but “cloak magnetic fields” may be developed for use in security applications. Other future possibilities might be “cloaks for heat” to keep future computers cool, cloaking buildings and dams from seismic waves, and “acoustic cloaks”.

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Discussion starters

  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between Technology and the made, natural, and social world (level 2) and evaluate a range of contexts to select an authentic issue. (level 8)
  • Characteristics of Technology: Use this and other examples to discuss why Technology can challenge people’s views of what it is to be human. (level 8)

Keywords: invisibility, cloaks, brief development, characteristics of technology

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