Tasp

Bluejackable wetware!
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26 Responses:

  1. benchilada says:

    I haven't had a stroke and I still want it!

  2. psymbiotic says:

    Yeah, you're right....very Niven. ;>

    Egan

  3. waider says:

    Dunno the Niven reference, but it's certainly the core plot device in Interface.

  4. wire_on_fire says:

    No, the tasp workes via induction. This is just a droud. :P

  5. I, for one, blah blah blah!

    I read a while back that the "pleasure center" of rodent experiment fame is more accurately a "positive reinforcement center". That is, the rodents don't necessarily enjoy getting the zap, but they feel an overwhelming compulsion to keep doing more of whatever gets them the zap. Kind of puts a different interpretation on the tasp.

  6. nightrider says:

    You can't shoot me...


    ... not in the head

    • latemodel says:

      Why is this any creepier than the normal brain electrodes?

      • strspn says:

        In the creepiness continuum, you've got your external electrodes with the conductive gel, the internal electrodes requiring surgery, your transdermals with the jack on the skin, and then these things which move up in-and-out through the skin, trying to find a good connection while you wait.

  7. detritus says:

    Damn, i saw NorthStar and I thought this had something to do with a blue button and GM.

    Oh well.

  8. kamaraga says:

    I, for one, welcome our new Microsoft Windows CE-based life-support systems -- although I'm not sure I'd be willing to trust it with my to-do list.

    PS: Okay, so the PDA probably just acts as the UI, but still.

  9. antifuchs says:

    You know, I briefly thought I'd read "interrogational device" in the fine print there. Phew.

  10. buckthorn says:

    "We applied the cortical electrodes but were unable to get a neural response from either patient. Then the OS crashed and we were on hold with tech support for half an hour."

  11. wfaulk says:

    Vagus Nerve Stimulation is very similar and actually currently available.

    Of course, people claim that it was railroaded thru the FDA.

  12. See also "Reasons to be Cheerful", for yet another upbeat, life-affirming Greg Egan story of electronic control of your pain/pleasure responses.

    http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/eBook975.htm

    • korgmeister says:

      Actually last time I checked, JWZ wasn't a fan of Greg Egan.

      Mainly because of Egan's big, glaring weak point - he sucks at writing actual human characters.

      (FYI I am a big fan of Greg Egan, but you'd be mad not to have noticed his weaknesses in characterisation.)

      • Don't care.

        First, I read SF for ideas, not for whiny human personal drama crap. If I wanted whiny human personal drama crap, I'd just go read slashdot.

        And second, humans? Who cares about THEM? That's like caring about whether someone writes "actual cockroach characters". The only good human^Wcockroach is a pithed and robotically-controlled one.

        Third, your reaction is irrelevant to the topic, an extremely human flaw. You should have that looked at before it spreads.

        The gadget really is very similar to the one in the story, and may have similar fortunate or unfortunate consequences (depending on your POV) once people start playing with it.

  13. phoenixredux says:

    Pocket Quicken keeps losing my transactions and screwing up my books, but they want me to wire this into my brain?? Great...

  14. This doesn't qualify for the meathook tag why?

  15. xed_geek says:

    Programable stroke recovery system.
    Wow, there is a problem waiting to happen. Imagine a bug in that system, or better yet a silly wanna-be programmer patient. Walk around like a dog with one of those shock collars.