mabfan (Michael A. Burstein) (mabfan) wrote,
mabfan (Michael A. Burstein)

Have Your Tin Foil Hat Ready?

According to this article from New Scientist magazine, "Sony patent takes first step towards real-life Matrix" by Jenny Hogan and Barry Fox (April 7), Sony has taken out a patent for a device that would transmit sensory data directly into the human brain. To quote from the article, "The technique suggested in the patent is entirely non-invasive. It describes a device that fires pulses of ultrasound at the head to modify firing patterns in targeted parts of the brain, creating 'sensory experiences' ranging from moving images to tastes and sounds. This could give blind or deaf people the chance to see or hear, the patent claims."

They say the details are sparse, so I wouldn't go thinking we're all about to jump into the Matrix just yet. But if they've really made some sort of breakthrough in this technology, we're talking about a major step in the development of certain forms of virtual reality as imagined by science fiction writers for many years now.
Tags: science, science-fiction

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