Brain pacemakers

Can you say The Terminal Man? Michael Crichton wrote about this in 1988… The idea then was that by stimulating certain parts of the brain, doctors would be able to stop a particular type of seizure that resulted in severe violence.

You gotta admit that this is a little freaky: the Washington Post reports that scientists are experimenting with putting implants directly into people’s brains. The so-called “brain pacemakers”, which provide electrical stimulation directly to different parts of the brain, are ostensibly being created to treat a whole range behaviorial and neurological disorders, but you know that eventually someone is going to figure out how use a brain pacemaker for “recreational” purposes. [Via Slashdot] [Engadget]

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