Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., Japans top telephone company, says it is developing the technology to perhaps make video games more realistic...
A special headset was placed on my cranium by my hosts during a recent demonstration at an NTT research center. It sent a very low voltage electric current from the back of my ears through my head -- either from left to right or right to left, depending on which way the joystick on a remote-control was moved...
I felt a mysterious, irresistible urge to start walking to the right whenever the researcher turned the switch to the right… Your feet start to move before you know it...
Yes, it could be used to "make video games more realistic". But it could be used for other things, too. Things that are more, shall we say, nefarious...
"Alright, Hideki, let us now test the device"
"Yes, Mr. Yamoto. What shall I do first?"
"Make him move to the right. Good! Now make him move to the left. Excellent!"
"It seems to work well, sir."
"Now for the real test. Make him walk to the payphone."
"Yes! The payphone on the corner. Make him walk there. MAKE HIM!!!"
"Yes sir. There. He stands before it."
"Make him pat his pockets to see if he possesses any coins. Now make him reach into his pocket and remove all his coins. Good. How may coins does he have?"
"I have no way of knowing that, sir."
"Never mind. Now he is ours! Now make him...make him..."
"MAKE HIM PLACE LONG DISTANCE CALLS!!! MANY, MANY LONG DISTANCE CALLS!!! ON A PAYPHONE!!! HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAAAAAAH!"