Sony to Beam Information Directly into Brain?

Sony aims to beam sensory information directly into the brain…

Sony Corp. has been granted a patent for beaming sensory information directly into the brain.

The technique could one day be used to create video games in which you can smell, taste, and touch, or to help people who are blind or deaf.

The U.S. patent, granted to Sony researcher Thomas Dawson, describes a technique for aiming ultrasonic pulses at specific areas of the brain to induce “sensory experiences” such as smells, sounds and images.

A Sony Electronics spokeswoman told the magazine that no experiments had been conducted, and that the patent “was based on an inspiration that this may someday be the direction that technology will take us.”

[Source: CNN]

Well, I think that if this ever becomes possible, it should be heavily regulated. It could be a very dangerous tool in the wrong hands.

I certainly wouldn’t like to buy a game system that ends up playing with my brain instead of me playing with it.

The fact that someone can use this technology to screw around with people’s heads is really scary and unacceptable.

Anyway, I do think that other medical uses for it, that can help people with certain disabilities, can be a really great step forward for mankind.

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

6 thoughts on “Sony to Beam Information Directly into Brain?”

  1. Amazing technique…
    So i will be playing with no pad or what ?
    But it frights me cause maybe it would enable someone else to control your brain.
    On the other hand, could it cure mental diseases or other brain problems ???

  2. Roba, were they good dreams or nightmares?

    Tunisiano, well it means that you could start feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling things that don’t exist. But you’d still have to use the pad to play. Until some other technology is created, that is.

    Drako, yeah, weird stuff, although this is a bit different from Johnny Mnemonic and storing information in the human brain. But still a lot of the stuff we only thought we’d see in Sci-Fi movies is coming true. Scary sometimes.

  3. Well let’s hope things turn out as good as you saw them in your dreams and not into the nightmares I’m afraid will take place 🙂

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