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I came across this article in Smithsonian Magazine today, about an electronic circuit that can be implanted via injection, offering a way for electronic devices to interface with your brain activity.

I'll briefly explain what this is all about before sharing some of my thoughts about this.

So far the technology has been tested only in the heads of live mice. Made from strands of metal and plastic, the circuit net can be rolled up so that it can easily pass through a syringe needle. Once inside the body, the net unfurls of its own accord and becomes embedded in the brain. The neurons’ activities could be monitored using microscopic sensors wired into the circuit. Their electrical signals were relayed along a wire running out of the head to a computer. They hope to ultimately wire it up to humans (allegedly for people who suffer from neurological diseases..).

Further down the line, the net may be studded with feedback devices that deliver electrical stimulation or release packets of drugs for medical treatment. Add in a few microscopic RFID antennae, and the circuit could go wireless.

It's interesting to know that the military (the U.S. Air Force’s Cyborgcell) has also taken an interest in this technology.

This would have been such exciting news, but unfortunately we don't live in a wonderful Trekkie-universe where technology like this would be used for positive purposes! I'm afraid that in our reality it would be more like something I've seen in the episode The Entire History of You, from the excellent series Black Mirror, where everyone has access to a memory implant that records everything they do, see and hear.

The already widespread RFID-chips in combination with human RFID-implants will give away a lot more information than your whereabouts. Privacy concerns are peanuts in light of this new circuit device! Something wired into your brain that can not only be monitored, but also can get hacked into. It can receive electrical stimulation from outside.. To calm you down when you are angry? To make you stop thinking? To make you focused on your task?

When I was little, I used to believe that one day robots would do our dirty work so that we would all be free to enjoy life. Today I know that we are going to be those robots.

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guillermosilva Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2015   General Artist
A worldwide, foolproof cage.
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2015   General Artist
Indeed.:( (Sad) 
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uki--uki Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2015
Here is the real question: Who have the remote control !? Emote Controlling 
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mislyd Featured By Owner Edited Jun 23, 2015   General Artist
Indeed, and what happens when somebody accidentally would sit on the remote control?
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TicksBigClock Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great...
Well, I might as well make as much art as I can while I still have a mind of my own.. IF.. i still have a mind of my own... Mama Jinx About to Whoop Yo Sorry A*s Emote 
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015   General Artist
Ha! It would be almost impossible to find out..  Although we might all be living in a hologram.  An experiment to find out if this is true has begun last august, but they're not publishing any results so far..
(www.symmetrymagazine.org/artic…)
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ShadowIsStillAlive Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How terrifying.

I bet it has a whole bunch of side effects, along with the whole mind-control/ privacy thing...
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   General Artist
Indeed, and we wouldn't be able to know whether our mind is being controlled, because it would feel exactly the same as free will.
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ShadowIsStillAlive Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah... Thant whole concept is just NOT okay.
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AneurysmGuy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Luckily and I use the word luckily loose here, I already have a hole in my skull. They can use that to inject this net to my brain. :D I am pretty sure that one of the biggest problems with this is that it requires at least some sort of drilling thru cranium, there's no way that net finds it way to the brain through the blood vessels. 
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   General Artist
Interesting, you'd be the perfect subject to test this new device on humans.  No drilling required!
Hmm..  Wouldn't it be possible to inject the stuff hrough the eye sockets?  Where there's a will, there's a way!EVIL Laughter! 
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AneurysmGuy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
No thanks! No more messing with my brain... I don't know eye sockets but when I was at the neurosurgical ward there was at least one guy who's operation was performed thru nose. So when doctors start to give flu vaccines to the nose we'll know that this net thing works! :D
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   General Artist
Wow, so you DO have first hand experience with brain surgery I think I've fainted.   
IMing: D'oh OK AneurysmGuy really is AneurysmGuy..  I hope you're doing well and that you don't have to let anyone poke in there again, that's pretty serious stuff :o (Eek)

And yeah, flu vaccines through the nose are already on the way, indeed..
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AneurysmGuy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: So, nobody reads deviant id's. :D You're not the first who's baffled by my id. I usually read (and forgot) what people has written on them. At least I was under anesthesia during my operation, there is surgeries where patient has to be awake during the operation... It's almost 10 years when that all happened and doctor have said that everything is ok. :D
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   General Artist
The funny thing is that I was really sure that I had read your ID before because we already talked some before, but clearly that wasn't the case! LOL  So glad you're doing fine!Nod 
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AneurysmGuy Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This site contains soooo much information, can't remember everything. :D

I read your's and did Trekkie test. I am only a lieutenant...
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015   General Artist
Good, so I can boss you around! EVIL Laughter!
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Google Glass didn't take off too well. Not many people want to suffer headaches all the time from having a microwave radio source near their brain. Likely this concept technology would have numerous side-effects that make it less useful than expected, or more dangerous than hoped.
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   General Artist
Maybe you're right, but it does remind me of what was said about in the beginning microwave ovens and mobile phones.  In the 90s some people claimed they were never going to get a mobile phone, because it would be too intrusive..  ;) (Wink) 
RFID chips have been around for quite a while (in car keys, clothes, pets,..)  and since the last decade some companies also require their employees to be implanted with a chip.  If people are willing to have a chip implanted under their skin, then it doesn't seem like a big step to get something attached to the brain, especially since it can easily be done with a simple injection with a needle. 
However, personally, I'm never going to get such an implant.  That would be too intrusive.Sweating a little... 
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
This year, cancer rates passed heart attacks in Australia - I wonder how many other nations now have skyhigh cancer rates? Cancer used to be very rare. I don't know what the true rate is in Japan, because our government lies all the time about it, and the doctors don't like to admit openly about it either (especially after Fukushima).

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/artic…

www.smh.com.au/digital-life/mo…
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   General Artist
Well, if even the WHO issues a mobile phone brain cancer warning, then you can be sure it's very dangerous indeed!
Cancer rates have become very high everywhere.  It has become something common.  Cancer is of course big business.
The only lesson learned from the Chernobyl disaster (which is still not under control by the way), is that Fukushima is kept even more out of the media.  Here in Europe March 11 is remembered in mainstream news as the day of the big tsunami in Japan, and not a word is mentioned about the ongoing radiation there. :( (Sad) 
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OnlyTheGhosts Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015
Fukushima is at least 400,000 times worse than Chernobyl. They had MOX in the reactors, and hundreds times more radioactive material - absolutely no control able to stop any of the release, going for years. At least at Chernobyl the cores could be covered with concrete, but that couldn't be done with Fukushima, already too late anyway. Everyone here in Japan knows the government and TEPCO (that electricity company which owned those reactors) are lying, but the media generally keeps to the official line n(without much choice either, because of new laws).
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   General Artist
Yes you're right, Fukushima is a lot worse than Chernobyl.  And yes, it's true that the core is covered with concrete in Chernobyl, but the core is still melting into the earth, so when it comes into contact with the groundwater, it will create a new catastrophic steam explosion.  It just can't be stopped.  I think it's absolutely incredible that they're still talking and arguing about the cost of the urgent measures to be taken.  In case of Fukushima however, it's worse because there simply aren't any measures left, no matter what the cause.  From what I understand it has become completely impossible to contain the problem. 
I didn't know Japan had new laws for the media after Fukushima, but I did notice that a few months after the disaster, some videos I had watched on YouTube mysteriously "disappeared".  I suppose that says enough..
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Doctors in Japan can go to prison for telling the truth about the radiation. A few have been brave enough to try anyway. The government convinced some people to move back to the Tohoku region closer to Fukushima, saying it was safe now - the mothers very quickly realised the government was lying when their kids got sick and started bleeding constantly after only days. We have a really nasty, crooked political administration in Japan right now. Many are comparing the news laws to what was happening in the 1930s, but eventually the courts may overturn those laws. Judges in Japan have a great deal of power, but they move sloooooooowly.
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   General Artist
Oh my, so the situation is even worse than I thought :( (Sad)
Just out of curiosity, I've tried a search in Dutch (my native tongue) on Fukushima, and I only get articles dated from 2011, I'm not kidding :o (Eek)  Very comforting articles, I might add.  I can see that this is also the case for French, Spanish, Norwegian and Swedish mainstream newspapers..  All dating from 2011!  So it's safe to say that European media is well beyond being dead and buried. No, I disagree!  
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Zeitgeist-1984 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Student
I'd hate to think that John Zerzan was right.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXmuWe…
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015   General Artist
Maybe he is.  Sometimes we have to destroy everything and start all over.. 
Thanks for the link, I really like this film a lot! It leaves quite a powerful impression, the words/music/pictures which together become a new kind of language..  This new language seems necessary in order to approach the problems, the pattern we live in today.  Very interesting!
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Zeitgeist-1984 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2015  Student
While I agree insofar as needing to start over at times, I'm not sure that this is the answer. I would argue that everything we have can be used in either a benevolent/malevolent manner, depending on the context or existing variables. Unfortunately, the powers that be often choose the latter, leaving the door open for guys like Zerzan to argue against technology. I recall him saying that as a child, he too thought that technology would free us more than it would enslave us. That said, if things did go the other way, would Zerzan still be arguing for the eradication of technology? Not sure.

A great film, indeed. Creative, thought provoking, and darkly humorous - my sort of flavor. It's like an hour long MTV video that MTV would never show. Seems you enjoyed it. Always happy to share, and keep the info/articles coming. 
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015   General Artist
Personally I'm a big fan of technology.  Sitting in a cave trying to keep the fire going is not what life is about..   We should destroy plenty of stuff around us, I agree with Zerzan on that point, but to give up technology?  No way, technological ingenuity is an intrinsic part of being human.  Furthermore, knowing that it's possible to make life easier, but forcing yourself NOT to make it happen, is quite silly..  Unfortunately technology and ideology are closely intertwined..  Just try to imagine, when we finally get rid of this horrible economic system, all of this technology would remain, wouldn't it feel like one big scrap yard?  What purpose would most things still have?  We do need a completely new approach, and imho we have to destroy every trace of this system.  But doesn't that mean we should also have to rethink all of our technology?

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Zeitgeist-1984 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015  Student
Apologies in advance for the wall of text.

If you're a trekkie, and methinks you might have such leanings, then it makes sense that you're a fan of technology. But what technology, exactly, is it that should be destroyed? Electric can openers? Active Denial Systems? Flashing lights in shoes? And who/or whom is it that decides what stays and what goes? Do we even use electronic voting machines at that point, or should we just go with the Canadian endorsed pine cone/birch bark system?
(About 8 minutes in:)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHON2Z…

Insofar as getting rid of the economic system, I'm with you there, but could the old technology not be converted into new technology? Who says we even need to have a junk yard? Ideally, in doing away with the monetary system, would that then also included doing away with planned and perceived obsolescence? Could we not build things to last or at least be adaptable to replacement? How about embracing a closed looped production model?

I would argue that destroying tech deemed unworthy doesn't address the root of problem. It's sort of like Carlin's take on soft language... Just because we you change the name of the condition doesn't mean we change the condition itself. In this particular case, just because you destroy technology deemed unnecessary doesn't mean that humans beings are suddenly going to live in harmony with nature. 
www.youtube.com/watch?v=o25I2f…

Moreover, destroying every trace of the system would imply that we need to destroy ourselves with it. Stands to reason since we're a part of that previous system, no? If you're rethinking technology then you would therefore have to rethink everything else that's connected to it, especially resources and people. Personally, I like the ideas related to abolishing money and developing a resource based economy, but a global mind-shift will need to happen in order for that to come to fruition. I've always loved Ray Anderson's quote from The Corporation on this point:

Drawing the metaphor of the early attempts to fly. The man going off of a very high cliff in his airplane, with the wings flapping, and the guys flapping the wings and the wind is in his face, and this poor fool thinks he's flying, but, in fact, he's in free fall, and he just doesn't know it yet because the ground is so far away, but, of course, the craft is doomed to crash. That's the way our civilization is, the very high cliff represents the virtually unlimited resources we seem to have when we began this journey. The craft isn't flying because it's not built according to the laws of aerodynamics and it's subject to the law of gravity. Our civilization is not flying because it's not built according to the laws of aerodynamics for civilizations that would fly. And, of course, the ground is still a long way away, but some people have seen that ground rushing up sooner than the rest of us have. The visionaries have seen it and have told us it's coming.

There's not a single scientific, peer-reviewed paper published in the last 25 years that would contradict this scenario: every living system of earth is in decline, every life support system of earth is in decline, and these together constitute the biosphere, the biosphere that supports and nurtures all of life, and not just our life but perhaps 30 million other species that share this planet with us.

The typical company of the 20th century: extractive, wasteful, abusive, linear in all of its processes, taking from the earth, making, wasting, sending its products back to the biosphere, waste to a landfill. I, myself, was amazed to learn just how much stuff the earth has to produce through our extraction process to produce a dollar of revenue for our company. When I learned, I was flabbergasted.

We are leaving a terrible legacy of poison and diminishment of the environment for our grandchildren's grandchildren, generations not yet born. Some people have called that intergenerational tyranny, a form of taxation without representation, levied by us on generations yet to be. It's the wrong thing to do.


One thing I think we can agree on: A better world is possible. :)
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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015   General Artist

First of all, if you decide to read this, thank you very much for your time (also thanks for Carlin' s soft language-link, that was absolutely hilarious!). I really did try to keep it short, but I just couldn't!


I don't believe technology is neutral. Tools change the relation we have with others and our environment. New technology can change us in ways that are unpredictable.


The Internet turned out to be very different than what it was intended for (social media idiocy + restrictions + propaganda..) People find new uses for technology, either because technology itself opens up new possibilities, or because we lack the imagination to do something more interesting with this technology.


This becomes obvious in a lot of science-fiction films and series. In, let's say, Star Trek TNG for example, the revolutionary replicator-technology is introduced, the machine that can form and arrange molecules to form objects. It creates food, it can recycle any material.. Great! This is a very interesting starting point, but but it is even more interesting to see how the writers of the series do not fully grasp the implications of this new technology (and from then on, I'm wondering every episode “Hey, why don't they just use the replicator to solve this problem?”). I claim that if they really thought it through, there wouldn't be anything to write about that would make any sense to us..


All elements for constructing a steam engine were already known in Roman times, and yet they didn't create a steam machine. Ancient Greeks already had the technology to build a car. (jalopnik.com/5888188/the-greek…) I'm sure it could have been useful, so why didn't they do it? I think this isn't coincidental.

I think that our imagination can be blocked by ideology.


Ray Anderson's metaphor does make a lot of sense. I'd like to add that, when we're out there in free fall with our airplane, it also implies that it is impossible to return. It means that we will inevitably hit the ground and if we don't break our neck and die, we get a chance to try again. It's problematic that we're all in it together, there's nobody standing on the cliff watching and taking notes for a next trial.


I agree with you on the need for a global mind-shift. How to accomplish that? Can this stubborn ideology be blocked by our imagination? I'm afraid that all good ideas are only good for a very short while. As soon as we want to implement it, or even while we are thinking and talking about it, it seems to drop back into the same old pattern. It's like a handful of sand, you lose more of it when you try to hold on too tight.


This is most puzzling for me: Everybody on this planet is aware of the fact that the way we're living isn't right and it can't last. Not even the toughest free-market fundamentalists believe it anymore (they wouldn't be so angry if they did).


Can we achieve a global mind-shift through politics and education, as so may people realize that things have to change?


I don't think democracy works (not the actual corrupt version, nor the ideal concept of democracy). On the Internet there are countless examples of so-called direct democracy, elections and competitions, and the result of the voting never seems to have anything even remotely to do with quality or content. Democracy also still implies violence and authority. (To be perfectly honest, I'm against it, because I'm never with the majority, I always find myself on the side of the losing, repressed minority, and I feel life is too wonderful and too short to accept any authority I disagree with.)


A similarly bad idea is technocracy. Experts solve problems, which sounds good, but who then addresses the problems? “Educated” / indoctrinated people? Nowadays, science has become another belief-system, once a good idea, but now riddled with dogma, and of course, no criticism accepted.


For me, the State is just the Supervisor, making sure that the Big Machine runs smoothly. ('Big' like the philosophical notion of the Big Other, since our economy has become the new god.) We're willing to make any sacrifices necessary, our planet, our very lives, in trying to please this god.

Some people think, with good reason, that a few rich families are continuously planning how to exploit us, for the sake of wealth and/or power. Are they really so clever that they can plan and execute everything, this pitiful bunch of inbred paedophiles? Isn't this – granted, in a weird way – a rather consoling thought, that, evil as they may be, they're still a kind of caretakers who know exactly what's going on... Isn't it possible that nobody is in control? Maybe we're all, caretakers included, just going through the motion, not knowing how to stop?

A global mind-shift through technology then? Since I claim that technology changes us in a profound way, maybe an important new invention will cause this mind-shift? In a way, looking at 3D-printers today, maybe one day in the future we'll get to build that replicator, who knows? In that case, we might wake up one day and find ourselves in a whole new world.


That was the optimistic version. I would bet my money on this though : that a global mind-shift is only possible when most of our society as we know it is destroyed, either from within or because of external factors. Only then would we be ready to rethink matters and make a fresh start. (But until that day comes, I'm certainly willing to give your Closed Looped Production Model a try. Why not?)

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mislyd Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015   General Artist
This is incredibly interesting stuff, I need some time to think this through because right now I have a million things I want to talk to you about and it's hard for me to explain it in English LOL , I'll get back to you on this. Nod  
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