Monday, August 22, 2005

Remote-controlled humans?

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone researchers have developed a device based on galvanic vestibular stimulation (a weak DC current is delivered to the mastoid behind your ear) that allows the wearer to be steered by remote control.

According to the full article: "NTT researchers also point, rather improbably, to GVS's potential for collision avoidance. A demonstration video shows a young man walking down the street nearly run over by a passing motorcycle, steered to safety at the last minute by a guardian angel wielding a remote control. But wouldn’t that require that people wear electric nodes behind their ears 24 hours a day?

Well, yes. And according to Maeda, the long-term effects of GVS are unknown. But he plans to continue investigating ways to bring the phenomenon to the public."

I find such research a little unconvincing. It is usual that such developments are paraded under the guise of medical benefit: yet the appropriation of such technologies are always open to wider use. For impaired persons this is indeed inspiring news. For me, I say we are already asleep and our need is to find a way to spiritually and creatively wake up rather than basking in dreams of being remoted.

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