Remote Influence, more than Remote Control

I think this is actually a pretty neat technology, even if it has horrific implications as to what you can do with it. But it’s like any new technology, you’ll have people for and against it for any number of reasons.

But don’t be quick to jump the gun. It is more of a motion influencer, rather than an actual mind controller. It makes you feel like in order to keep your balance, you need to swerve left or right.

The technology is called galvanic vestibular stimulation — essentially, electricity messes with the delicate nerves inside the ear that help maintain balance.

I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right. I was convinced — mistakenly — that this was the only way to maintain my balance.

I think there is potential for good and evil here. I think the article mentions some more evil ways to use it. I will ruminate on the good ones.

Humans are social creatures, and generally like to feel like they’re coordinated, to be a part of something bigger. An example of this feeling that I’m talking about is the euphoria of band members or dancers after a performance that went well. A more advanced version of this technology can centrally orchestrate collaborative movements, whether it’s a game or performance. And eventually, it would become an experience, when everyone’s in sync. Some will like it. Others won’t. Just as some like bungee jumping, and others don’t.


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