Speaking with Cinema Blend during the press junket for Chappie, Jackman described some of the crazy contraptions he discovered, including:
The thing that is gonna go into our brains, wired into our brains that transfer our thoughts into texts or whatever. … They are really close to that coming out. The pill that you can now take — that is around, by the way — the pill that can somehow electrify your system, so that when you get close to your phone it will unlock your phone, or lock your house, or start your car, that only you with your body can do. It’s got nothing to do with your finger prints just somehow emanating from your DNA.
The film, Chappie, itself is all about crazy technology, the most crazy of all being the infant A.I. portrayed by Sharlto Copley through performance capture. Then there’s a giant weaponized tank called "The Moose" that's controlled via a Cerebro-esque helmet. Though, the clunker looks more like the Black Ranger’s frog megazord from the old ninja Power Rangers movie. Jackman never encountered any real-world tech like these bits, but his own research suggests we’re close to reaching a future world that resembles science-fiction. Here's Hugh Jackman, on that very topic:
His thinking is actually important in terms of his argument, [it’s] an important one in the film. And there are a lot of people, now, today … I was just hearing before, even Bill Gates says, 'I think we should be wary of artificial intelligence.' … That’s a very valid argument.
Chappie focuses on a not-too-distant future in Johannesburg, South Africa, in which the golden boy of a weapons manufacturer is experimenting with artifical intelligence. After a number of failed experiments, he successfully bestows original thought onto one of his police robots, which is named Chappie. Though Chappie is essentially an infant when he's programmed, his accelerated learning speed allows him to consume information at an alarming rate, eventually even surpassing human understanding.
It's crazy to think that some scientific ideas that were once thought of as science-fiction years ago are now becoming reality. And Jackman is already preparing for the day robots take over the Earth.