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Brain Stimulation For Entertainment? 88

Posted by Soulskill
from the volunteer-your-neighbors-as-guinea-pigs dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Transcranial magnetic stimulation has been used for years to diagnose and treat neural disorders such as stroke, Alzheimer's, and depression. Soon the medical technique could be applied to virtual reality and entertainment. Neuroscientist Jeffrey Zacks writes, "it's quite likely that some kind of electromagnetic brain stimulation for entertainment will become practical in the not-too-distant future." Imagine an interactive movie where special effects are enhanced by zapping parts of the brain from outside to make the action more vivid. Before brain stimulation makes it to the masses, however, it has plenty of technical and safety hurdles to overcome.

Comment: Re:I'd love to do that (Score 1) 222

by jdavidb (#48569873) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

Oh, man, this guy and I were cut from the same OCD cloth. I know it just looking at his pictures of Atari 2600 game boxes all sorted first by box style and then alphabetized. I used to do that when I was a kid and when I finally get the thing out of storage I'll bet a bunch of the games are alphabetized.

Comment: I'd love to do that (Score 1) 222

by jdavidb (#48569837) Attached to: Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

I have seven kids all homeschooled and we love to fire up Mame, and I've kept my Atari 2600 although they haven't gotten to play it yet and I need to bring it out of storage. And I love to have them go through interesting pieces of twentieth century history in chronological order - right now we're watching through old Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons together on Saturday mornings, in order. Next year they are going to watch all six Star Wars films in the order they were released, before we see Episode VII.

BTW, it's kind of adding insult to injury that the Pac-Man screen on that article doesn't match the actual console that is shown. I wonder what the kid thought of various ports of Pac-Man.

Comment: Re:HDD endurance? (Score 1) 125

by rthille (#48533357) Attached to: Consumer-Grade SSDs Survive Two Petabytes of Writes

Partly it depends on whether you care about being able to write a certain amount of data, or rewrite the blocks the same number of times...

Most consumers of hard-drive services care about how much data they can safely store and retrieve and the speed & cost of the device, not how many times they can rewrite a flash block before it fails...

Comment: Control and abuse (Score 1) 584

by jdavidb (#48522637) Attached to: Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

Why does your child have to be a scientist? How is this any better than a 20 year old boy whose parents want him to be a doctor and who disown him because he chooses to be a musician?

As a father of seven children, I believe you'll make better parenting decisions if you learn to let go, and spend lots of time deliberating and negotiating with your wife so that the wisdom of both of you can be brought to bear. If you really want your children to be counter culture in some way, and you are both enthusiastic about it, you might look into homeschooling.

Comment: Re:How is that startling? (Score 1) 413

by porkchop_d_clown (#48481357) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election
Says teh anonymous coward. Each party gerrymanders to try and preserve their power. Look at what happened in California when the Dems used their experts to bias the supposedly "non-partisan" redistricting committee, or Illinois, for that matter: http://www.csmonitor.com/Comme...

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