18 October 2007

Are You Hearing Voices You Think Are Not Really There?

Perhaps those voices really are being "beamed" inside your head! At least now we know one way it could be done.
The “carbon nanotube radio” device is thousands of times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. The development marks an important step in the evolution of nano-electronics and could lead to the production of the world’s smallest radio, the scientists say. Their findings appeared online today and are scheduled for publication in the Nov. 14 print edition of ACS’ Nano Letters.

Peter Burke and Chris Rutherglen developed a carbon nanotube “demodulator” that is capable of translating AM radio waves into sound. In a laboratory demonstration, the researchers incorporated the detector into a complete radio system and used it to successfully transmit classical music wirelessly from an iPod to a speaker several feet away from the music player.

With the new nanotube radios, there is no practical limit to the number of radio receivers we could be carrying around.

These nano-implantable radios should enjoy heavy use in facilities such as the Guantanamo detention facility, and other facilities where terror suspects are questioned. Imagine the surprise of a pious jihadi, when Muhammed himself begins telling him to spill the goods!

Putin's Russia is sliding back into USSR style authoritarianism--with enemies of the state committed to mental institutions. Imagine the utility of the nano-implants for maintaining order in Putin's Brave New Russia? As for Kim's North Korea, well, fuggidabowdit!

One of the more practical uses of this technology might be for "pseudo-telepathy", used by small squads of workers engaged in intense, dangerous teamwork--where close communication is vital.

Of course, machine to machine communication is almost certain to be the initial and primary use of this technology, but you will forgive me I hope, for engaging in a bit of silly speculation.


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