i-pod as mind controller

Okay. So there’s a korean patent explaining how a portable audio device can be turned into a mind control device:

A mind controller is disclosed. The mind controller can induce a user’s brain waves into an alpha wave state or a theta wave state by sensing and analyzing human brain waves and then transmitting a mind control audio message suitable for the analyzed human brain waves to the user, so that the user can improve mental concentration power or memory for himself/herself. The mind controller for activating brain waves generated from the user’s brain, includes: an EEG(Electroencephalogram) sensor for sensing frequency band corresponding to alpha waves and theta waves from the brain waves generated from the user’s brain; an MCU(Memory Control Unit) for analyzing whether the brain waves sensed by the EEG sensor are alpha waves or theta waves through a built-in program of a brain wave analysis program pack and controlling output of a message, which corresponds to the alpha waves or the theta waves, out of mind control audio messages of an MP3 pack; an audio decoder for demodulating signal converted into data in the MP3 pack by control signal output from the MCU; a D/A converter for receiving signal provided from the audio decoder and converting the signal into analog audio signal; and audio output means for converting and providing the analog audio signal into sound.

Which is kind of weird.

A couple of days ago, El Bush commented that the research that created the i-pod was funded and run by the government – (i.e.) DARPA.

Paranoia ensues.

The other day I read a story by Cyril Kornbluth called The Marching Morons, dealing with a creative solution for the problem of a grossly overpopulated world of morons. There’s a real parallel with the logic in it, whereby, if you were trying to run the world, wouldn’t it be cool if you could convince people to want and pay for their mind control device, instead of implanting it against their will?


(via technoccult)

2 Responses to “i-pod as mind controller”

  1.   d3vo
    April 23rd, 2006 | 2:22 pm

    “The self medicating society” is a concept that has been rumbling around my head for a while. It came into my in relation to Blakes 7. In B7 the federation puts drugs into the food and water supply of the general population to keep them suppressed.

    From an economic point of view however, wouldn’t it be cheaper if the population voluntarily paid for those drugs themselves instead of the federation? And what if governement endoursement of the suppression was seen as a kind of favour?

    I think we’ve culturally put ourselves in that situation, and it’s a little scary once you realise. We have this plethora of legal drugs to make us happy and suppressed that are available under prescription. We have alcohol available in any colour and flavour your like. We have a bunch of not very seriously policed soft drugs available too.

    I think these available drugs do a great job of suppressing lots of things in society, they are an outlet and an escape, they encourage denial. As a whole society seems pretty content with that.

    We are a society that voluntarily, with our own money, supresses itself through medication, drugs and alcohol. Can you make a sustainable argument that it is just hedonism? I can’t.


  2.   Administrator
    April 23rd, 2006 | 2:52 pm

    “The official opposition to drugs is, as I have indicated in the last question, ambiguous: they condemn drugs as a danger to authority, but are drugs a real danger to the state? How dangerous is the tripper? Idle, perhaps, but the state is not in need of workers; on the contrary. Are trippers riot material? I suggest that the official opposition to drugs is a sham, that all the policies of the American Narcotics Department – and other countries who follow these policies, as England now is slavishly following the bad example of America, like a latter-day banana republic – are deliberately designed to spread the use of drugs, and the consequent unwise laws against the use of drugs.
    Thus youth is deliberately led into these dead-end channels which are then made criminal by acts of Congress or Parliament. This elementary chess move puts potential opposition in a concentration camp of criminality, weakened by the effects of such murderous drugs as methedrine – (there is absolutely no excuse for the manufacture of any variation of the benzedrine formula) – lulled into unwholesome states of love and oneness with the all and acceptance of everything by LSD, hooked on heroin, which, when illegal, takes up all the addict’s time and makes him quite harmless. In short, drugs are an excellent method of state control; but this can never be uncovered by legalization, which they will fight all the way.”

    “As I have pointed out, drugs are one of the most effective potential weapons against revolt from the 18-25 year old age group.”

    – William S. Burroughs, The Job, around 1974.