New Thync Device Gets You Excited or Puts You to Sleep on Command

A new wearable device called Thync will allow users to zap their brains into whatever general state the user desires, excitement or drowsiness: Thync costs $299 and has just been released to the public. It provides “calm or energy on demand”, the company says, by using “neurosignalling” to activate nerves and change people’s state of mind. The Thync looks like a small, white plastic triangle that is placed on the forehead. It’s then fed with “Vibes” — specially-formulated zaps Read more […]

Huxley vs. Orwell: Whose Dystopian Prophecy was Closer to the Truth?

In 1949, George Orwell’s publishers sent his old French teacher, Aldous Huxley, a copy of Orwell’s new book, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Then Huxley sent Orwell a letter, both congratulating him for his fine work and gently criticizing his vision of the future: Within the next generation I believe that the world’s rulers will discover that infant conditioning and narco-hypnosis are more efficient, as instruments of government, than clubs and prisons, and that the lust for power can be just as completely Read more […]

The Lost Generation in a Brave New World

“But old clothes are beastly,” continued the untiring whisper. “We always throw away old clothes. Ending is better than mending, ending is better than mending, ending is better …” Children in Brave New World were hypno-trained with messages of endless consumption and appetite for new things. Because without constant and regular consumption, the over-production of things couldn’t be justified or sustained. Planned obsolescence ensured that clothes fell apart with little use, and everything Read more […]

The Dangerous Lunatics At the Top

The World Bank is a powerful global institution. It should be able to select and hire only the top talent for its top positions. I’m sure that’s what the people in the World Bank think they do. They actually provide power and prestige for madmen. To take one example who recently published an essay on how we might have “sustainable development” in the future: consider Herman Daly. Daly is not some weird crank using blogspot to publish his views. He is a respected scholar. He received Read more […]