August 17, 2006
Remote-controlled Humans: They’re Made Out of Meat!
Researchers from Australia announced last week that it is possible to guide people movements by remote control. This technique, known as galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS), is not new and has been demonstrated for the first time in 1999. But until now, this technique, which uses electrodes placed just below people’ ears to remotely stimulate their nerves, led people to lose their balance. As Technology Review reports, the researchers have found a way to avoid this feeling.
While Technology Review posits that this technique could be used “to make virtual reality environments seems more realistic or to help people with vestibular disorders,” I was actually more intrigued by Mr. Roboto’s take on this technology:
Though the technology is still in its infancy, can you imagine what could happen with remote-controlled people? Develop this alongside human clonning, theoretically, you can create and endless army of disposable “meatbots” to do your bidding.
This reminds me of the wonderful short, “Made out of Meat” by Stephen O’Regan. Perhaps they were in actuality just observing Mr. Roboto’s army!!