Arati Prabhakar—director of the Pentagon's advanced research arm DARPA—has revealed a breakthrough achievement in machine mind control. Jan Scheuermann, a 55-year-old quadriplegic woman with electrodes in her brain, has been able to fly an F-35 fighter jet using "nothing but her thoughts."
For ten years during the Cold War, the CIA conducted mind-control experiments on unsuspecting San Franciscans. Dubbed Operation Midnight Climax, the program was packed with salacious details: a power-mad narcotics agent, a brothel equipped with two-way mirrors, and gallons of LSD.
Behold the cover to The Person's Guide to Ritual & Invasive Mind Control, a book that purports to teach you how to "filch people's thoughts & manipulate their memories via the nasal cavity."
We all know that Superman's powers include super-hypnosis... but it turns out he's highly susceptible to hypnosis himself. All you have to do is dangle a watch in the big guy's face and he becomes yours to command. At least, judging from this Lois and Clark episode.
Science fiction and fantasy are full of people who can do amazing stuff with their minds. Telepathy, telekinesis, pyrokinesis, and just regular mind control. But who has the absolute coolest mind powers of all?
You may never become Xavier from the X-Men, able to read and control people's minds. But one day, using a computer interface, you could control somebody else's behavior and possibly even communicate using thought. The technology you see demonstrated in this video is the first step.
What if you discovered the frequencies that allowed you to reprogram other people's brains? It leads to a lot of fun parties, and some very dark consequences, in the new Swedish film LFO (Low Frequency Oscillations.)
Want to create an egalitarian utopia? A rigid hierarchical hellscape? (Or an egalitarian hellscape and hierarchical utopia, depending on your politics?) You might just need to stimulate or suppress two crucial parts of the human brain.
Scientists have made amazing progress lately in turning insects into cyborgs. Almost every week, there's another news story about cyborg insect first responders, or cockroach fuel cells. Soon enough, when someone plants an eavesdropping device in your house, it'll literally be a "bug."
Brain implantation and manipulation is a mainstay of science fiction. Often, characters can gain extra memory or get smarter, by having chips placed within the brain. (Or you can wind up mind-controlled by a psychopath. It's a mixed bag.)
Remember when James Bond's arch-nemesis Blofeld opened a clinic where he would treat women and help them to stop being allergic to chickens? And while he was teaching women to love chickens, he was also turning them into mass-murderers?
A high school in Mocoa, Colombia recently hired hypnotist Miller Zambrano Posada to entertain a group of 590 youth for a student fun day.
Mind control is a favorite plot device in science fiction. It typically calls for a powerful manipulator to turn other people into drones using some extremely complicated-sounding, but often unexplained, process. It's a neutral power, used by heroes (Obi-Wan Kenobi) and villains (The Riddler) alike. Moral ambiguities…
We all act like being mind-wiped and reprogrammed is such a bad thing — but is it always? Sometimes having your personality or identity scrubbed away like so much grout scum is just a great way to make room for new stuff. Like killer ninja skills. Or superpowers.
Mice are less anxious when they eat a diet that includes the kind of probiotic yogurt you can buy in the health food sections of most stores. The yogurt includes Lactobacillus rhamnosus, a bacterium that lives in the guts of humans and many other animals, and is believed to contribute to healthy digestion. It also…
During World War II, the Axis propaganda campaign took a turn for the bawdy when Japanese and German forces began distributing porno pamphlets among Allied troops. The central thesis? It was much better to stay home and get laid rather than risk your neck fighting Fascism.
Most people make upwards of 250 food-related decisions a day. Sound high? That's because researchers believe the majority of these decisions are made unconsciously, and that many of our eating habits are actually driven by subtle environmental cues. How we manipulate these cues can have a huge impact on our eating…
Mind control yarns are a staple of science fiction, but they tend to fall back on the same tropes. Fortunately for you, I've developed a character that blows all those tried-and-true formulas to smithereens. Join us as we reinvent the mind control tale.
Sometimes scientific experiments sound like pranks. Case in point: a recent study that managed to turn a bunch of young men into the embodiment of every stereotype about old people driving. And all that was need was a driving simulator and some carefully chosen words.