Orgasm please computer.

July 08 2008 / by Virulent / In association with Future
Category: Relationships   Year: 2020   Rating: 12

An oldie but a goodie.

Brain-pacemakers are being used to treat patients suffering from severe depression and the potentials of the technology are being expanded on. What happens when brain stimulation is safe and not only reserved to people suffering from disorders?

“Brain pacemakers” are used to treat people who suffer from epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, clinical depression and other diseases. The pacemaker is a medical device that is implanted into the brain to send electrical signals into the tissue.

For those of you who don’t know what they are the paragraph above is the first sentence from the wikipedia article and as you can see the treatment the technology provides is quite vast and immediate.

Lets look down the winding road a little bit and consider what a world it would be like if these pacemakers become easy to implant and remove self maintaining and powering. A nanobot for stimulation?! what scientist would dare consider such a thing.

Well i found an article a while back in wired which had this to claim:

Implant Achieves Female Orgasm

One woman undergoing treatment for back pain may have discovered a cure for the thousands of woman frustrated by the inability to achieve orgasm. While Dr. Stuart Meloy was putting an electrode into the woman’s spine in an attempt to ease her chronic pain, he not only reduced her back pain, but gave her an unexpected – but delightful – side-effect. (cont.)

“She said, ‘You’re going to have to teach my husband how to do that’,” Meloy, an anesthesiologist and pain specialist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, said. The discovery is published in Wednesday’s issue of New Scientist.

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Study: Pacemakers Can Be Hacked, New Threat Models Emerging Rapidly

March 13 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Health & Medicine   Year: 2008   Rating: 8

As we replace body parts and increasingly rely on technology to keep us healthy and alive, a whole Pandora’s Box of new threats is creaking open. Case in point is a new study unveiled at the last IEEE Symposium that has determined implantable heart defribrillators (ICD) and pacemakers to be vulnerable to radio-attack.

The crafty researchers conducting the experiment, which analyzed the security and privacy properties of an implant “designed to communicate wirelessly with a nearby external programmer in the 175 kHz frequency range”, reverse-engineered the communications protocol for one such device by using an oscillator and a software radio. They then successfully implemented “several software radio-based attacks that could compromise patient safety and patient privacy.”

While this may sound like a bit macabre, the researchers insist it was all done with the best intentions.

“[W]e believe that this snapshot is necessary toward assessing the current trajectory of IMD security and privacy,” they noted in their report, “We hope that the analyses and defenses presented in this paper will motivate broader scientific investigations into how to best provide security, privacy, safety, and effectiveness for future implantable medical devices.”

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