Why is this article even about two monsters that faced off in a Hollywood movie? For all we know it’s just another movie, so what is the point? The global technological destination is the reason for this look into a once much-anticipated motion picture. Just like in the past, certain movies have predicted where the world is headed. Godzilla vs. King Kong, a 2021 movie, revealed many technological details. These details are of technologies in use today, which could also influence future technology.
The Story Line
The storyline doesn’t focus on technology; it’s more about monster supremacy. King Kong, a giant ape from Skull Island, refuses to bow to anyone. In his world there can only be one alpha male, and he occupies that position. Godzilla on the other hand is the king of his world. This huge lizard boasts of the necessary monster height as well as a power source that can be recharged.
This power source is indicated by blue rays of light which can cut through anything in its path. In line with the story, the level of technology used ranged from Virtual Reality to robotic engineering. These could easily be called tricks if they didn’t already exist; because 5G network, edge computing, and others are already advancing.
Make no mistake, the world has changed, with predictions and new technologies being embraced. The technologies used in Godzilla vs. King Kong are just a part of how much we would be capable of, in the nearest future. Welcome to a new world, welcome to its beginning.
Technological Trends Used
King Kong was held at a facility on Skull Island. Although, unlike the regular Skull Island this facility was simulated (it wasn’t real). The facility was created by the Titans Intelligence Agency. The island was a striking replica of the other Skull Island. King Kong was put in that simulation to make him feel comfortable and accept that space as his home. It is seen at the beginning that King Kong was communicating with a deaf-mute girl whose name is Jia. Her real name is Kaylee Hottle and she was a native of the original Skull Island. Kong saved her when the island was being destroyed. So it makes sense that the most vivid memory he has of Skull Island is with Jia, though simulated.
King Kong, however, knew he was being held at a facility. As he grew bigger, he rose to about an inch close to the top. Skull Island was a huge virtual space; imagine a place built as a home for an animal of such magnitude. This simulation is not in any way impossible to create, although, a space that huge, would be expensive. King Kong as seen in the movie gets angry at some point and launches a device hitting the top of the virtual island. That is how you know none of it is real and is just a simulation. As Virtual Reality is already used in games and learning processes, what’s another Skull Island?
What is Godzilla without a doppelganger? I am guessing that is exactly what the people at Apex Cybernetics were thinking about when they started creating a mechanical Godzilla. This machine was so strong it took the combined effort of both monsters to bring it down. Don’t you just love it when monsters become friends? This robotic project was done at sublevels in Hong Kong at Apex Cybernetics. In the movie, the mechanized Godzilla was controlled by Ren Serizawa, the Chief Technology Officer. Serizawa used the skull of an ancient Ghidora to power the robot. Apex Cybernetics created a connection between the machine and Ghidora’s three heads.
The heads of the ancient monster would communicate telepathically with each other. Serizawa created a neural connection between the heads, making it possible to be controlled by its user. This, however, wasn’t the first time the Mechagodzilla was appearing on screen. Mechagodzilla first appeared in the 1974 version, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla where it was portrayed as an alien villain. The CEO of Apex Cybernetics wanted to replace Godzilla with its own Apex Titan. The idea behind Mechagodzilla was to protect the world without relying on a monster that couldn’t be controlled. Robots have been spoken of for years.
Robotic engineering appears to be slowly progressing because humans feel its supremacy may one day be destructive. However, someday, robots would be another technological trend the world would embrace. It is only logical that machines that can fight in wars would be created; if machines are used then humans would be far from the warzone and safer. This is just one of the many examples of why the world needs robots.
Automated Aerial Vehicles (HEAVs. )
In the 1984 movie, The Return Of Godzilla, the monster wakes up to launch an attack on Japan. The government had a war aerial vehicle called SpaceX which was used to protect the city from Godzilla. Godzilla won the fight but more and more aerial vehicles appeared in subsequent films like Godzilla vs. Biollante, and Godzilla vs. Destroyer. Although, the Hollow Earth Aerial Vehicle in Godzilla vs. King Kong was not meant for war. This time, the vehicle called HEAV was used to travel into Hollow Earth.
Hollow Earth is believed to be another world with sublevels and is known as the core of the planet. It is a world characterized by an inverse gravitational force, unlike that of the surface. Nathan Lind and his squad used the automated aerial vehicle. While we do not know when it would get to the point of real Aerial Vehicles, there are already automated cars. Automated cars can make independent decisions as they collect information from the Internet and environs. Automated cars are autonomous and can communicate with each other. With the right smart road network, these cars would move without human drivers. Aerial vehicles, on the other hand, are flying cars, which were called HEAVs in the movie; it would be an upgrade on automated vehicles.
Godzilla vs. King Kong is a movie you should watch if you are looking forward to technological advancements. The movie was released on March 31, 2021, and uses a lot of futuristic technology. The technological trends in Godzilla vs. King Kong show us that we should know where technology is heading. So brace yourself for many surprises.