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1) Your Social Media Doppelgänger
First it watches you. Then it learns. Then, as far as your networks are concerned, it becomes you.
2) The noise-dampening, lie-detecting throat tattoo
You know what's annoying? All the background noise on the other end of the line when you're trying to talk on the phone. Sure, you could just go find a quieter spot to talk in, or you could try this noise-dampening electronic throat tattoo patented by Google for Motorola. That's a normal, stylish thing to have on your neck, right? Kind of like a necklace — only implanted on your skin, and with the ability to steal voices.
It does seem kind of one note, though… maybe if it had some other function. Fortunately, Motorola is way ahead of us. The tattoo can also use galvanic skin responses to tell when you are lying. Handy.
4) In the future, the TV watches you
Verizon patented this advertiser-friendly technology that combines a series of audio and visual sensors so that, while you watch TV, the TV can also watch you back and then send you tailored ads. So, just what behaviors will Verizon be looking for? According to the patent, it could be anything from "eating, exercising, laughing, reading, sleeping, talking, singing, humming, cleaning, and playing a musical instrument."
6) No, this, is how much you're annoying your officemate
A patent filed by Microsoft in 2010 proposed a system to analyze digital communications — everything from video conferencing to emails to IM — between employees for behavior, gestures, ways of communicating, even clothing, that have been pre-flagged as bothersome. What would happen to the data next? It would be crunched to finally give a precise numerical value to the question of just how annoying your co-workers find you.
8) Your TV regrets to inform you that you have too many guests to watch this movie.
Just what is the future of media? Is it a roll-over to entirely streaming video? The rise of the PC as TV? Or is it corporations monitoring the precise number of people watching a show, so that it can fine us for exceeding the licensing agreement for allowed number of views? If it's the last one, Microsoft has the patent.
In 1837, a health food nut preached sermons about the dangers of masturbation and soon invented a cracker to help ward off those dangers. If you ate your cracker in the morning, the blandness of the cracker was supposed to lower your lust all day so that you would not have "vital fluid" expending urges.
That man’s name was Sylvester Graham and his cracker, the Graham cracker , is an anti-masturbation practice many of us still use today.
Disregarding the ridiculous notion that a cracker could impact sexual drive, I only have one question: if it works so well, how does everyone get laid on camping trips?
reply to post by wildtimes
Not that these aren't "scary" but there are tons of patents out in the world that may never come to fruition. Let's hope these anti-masturbation devices never get developed or used. They were from a long time ago as I'm sure people had the same sentiment then, "where is this world heading" as well.
As for these new patents...
It's not the devices that scare me, it will be the idiots that use them I will run from.
Are we creating our own control?
Electronic tattoos seem to be going under pretty much everyones radar though, so keep a good eye on what they do with it.
Sometimes, I just don't even want to know anymore. Then I remember how disgusting I find that trait in other people.
9 Creepy Patents That Will Make You Worry About the Fate of Humanity
What a strange world it has become in 20 years time. I wonder if I live long enough: will I see 'drones' delivering packages? Personal jet-packs? Vacations to Mars?
edit on 1/19/14 by wildtimes because: fix link
When I think about how much things have changed since I was a kid (only 3 channels, and they didn't run 24/7 - no one knew what a remote was). Phone hooked to the wall - in rural areas they were 'party lines' - people had to share the service with their neighbors. Cars with no power ANYTHING, manual chokes, etc.
I think humanity has developed a monster that has a life of its own with electronic media and info transfer. It's how Wall Street got so out of control. Where are we headed??
The issue of electromagnetic pollution might be far more dangerous than we realize. Dr Persinger has discovered that our minds are all connected by the electromagnetic field of the planet, and has shown how pollution from things like Microsoft Windows and cell phones inhibit our abilities. We are robbing ourselves of our 6th sense and driving ourselves crazy as a result. We are flying blind into the future.
Like I said, I'm thinking in 100 more generations (2000 years, roughly) - the human race MIGHT be in a place to use these 'discoveries and inventions' wisely - but right now, it just seems the whole thing will be a disaster - is already a disaster.