22 December 2008

Something Tells Me It's All Happening in the Brain

The brain is the most important sex organ we have. Billions of dollars are spent every year on phone sex, internet video sex, internet porn, and other relatively crude ways of stimulating the sexual parts of the brain. Why not skip the middle men and shoot directly for the pleasure centers of the brain?
Scientists are developing an electronic 'sex chip' that works by stimulating the pleasure centres in the brain.

The technology, which creates tiny shocks deep in the brain, has already been used in America to treat Parkinson's disease.

Now researchers are focusing on the orbitofrontal cortex, which is associated with feelings of pleasure caused by eating and sex. _DailyMail
Tiny shocks deep in the brain? Tiny, nipping little teasing shocks, so deep, deep in the brain? Hmmmm, it might work.

Carbon nanotubes may be just the electrodes to make it all possible. Metal electrodes tend to slip and move around, and collect subcellular debris that causes the interface to degrade over time. Carbon nanotubes may well provide the flexibility and bio-compatibility for a more permanently intimate connection.
The new carbon nanotube-based interface technology discovered together with state of the art simulations of brain-machine interfaces is the key to developing all types of neuroprosthetics — sight, sound, smell, motion, vetoing epileptic attacks, spinal bypasses, as well as repairing and even enhancing cognitive functions. _i09
The potential dangers of "wireheading" should be obvious -- dissociation from reality, total focus on self-pleasuring to the neglect of responsibilities and personal health. But the combination of neuro-stimulation with a face to face interaction, might present certain advantages in terms of "jump-starting" a relationship. And make no mistake, these brain chips would be a killer app for the teledildonics industry. It will not be long before they are connected to a wireless interface.

Just be careful who you lend the remote control to.

Cross-posted at Al Fin, You Sexy Thing!

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Blogger Loren said...

One of Larry Niven's later Ringworld novels(I can't remember which) had the main character have some trouble with exactly that. He was hooked on the "wire" or whatever it was called. You'd just plug in, and let yourself die of thirst and starvation.

Tuesday, 23 December, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

Rats will stimulate themselves until they die of thirst and starvation, if they have control of the stimulus. No reason to think people would be any different.

The idea of wireheading is far more potentially dangerous than any drug addiction. I prefer a less invasive way of taking my pleasures.

Still, I am quite certain that nano-robots will be devised that can navigate their way to the pleasure centers via blood vessels or other pathways, and not require open-skull surgery for placement.

As soon as such things are developed you can expect to see a black market for wireheading, and governments will have as much control over it as they have over cocaine, heroin and amphetamine black markets.

Tuesday, 23 December, 2008  

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