April 7th, 2005


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.

Creativity Call: Lunar Assassin Names

Folks, remember when I asked people here for names of possible future movies? I'm putting out a call again if people want to play.

For the novel project, I need to come up with the names for ten assassins-for-hire who work and live in a futuristic, anarchic city on the Moon. Well, actually I need eight names; I've already named two of them Dumas and Dianora. (Hi, dianora2!)

Anyway, the names can be anything: one word, two words, standard names, evocative nicknames, etc. If you want to suggest a name, or even offer up your own, let me know. Since I need ten of them, though, I'm trying to make them as distinctive as possible.

The usual offer applies. I'll file your own name away for a Tuckerization, if you want one, and if I can swing it, I can even try to list you in the novel's Acknowledgements. Which assumes, of course, that the thing eventually sells...

Creativity Call Thank You


It's been a long day and I haven't had a chance to look through the replies yet. (Mundane details of my life included an unexpected doctor's appointment to clean the wax out of my ears.) Thanks to everyone who made suggestions; if all goes according to plan, tomorrow I'll look through the list, select the names, and let everyone know who made the cut.