swarming drones and activating the part of the brain that sees aliens

Two stories really freaked me out today. (Actually, three stories really freaked me out today, but I don’t want to think about the third.) The first comes from Metafilter. Here’s a clip:

Scientists discover a region of the brain responsible for feelings of ‘self’ and ‘other’. If electrically stimulated, it causes the perception of an alien being– a shadow person, standing just behind you, mimicking your every move. This could explain strange feelings of being watched, or of strange presences, or ghosts.

The second comes from the “New Scientist” by way of Boing Boing. And, here’s a clip from that one:

MIT researchers are using tricked-out model helicopters, each about the size of a seagull, to demonstrate swarming behavior in unmanned micro-air vehicles (drones). According to Aeronautics and Astronautics professor Jonathan How, they’re focusing on techniques for “persistent surveillance.”

If I were smarter, and more awake, I would find a way to weave all of this together (perhaps even including the “third” story I mentioned above) into some kind of terrifying nightmare scenario that would make you all shit your pants from now till dawn.

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  1. Ted Glass
    Posted September 29, 2006 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    I heard in the car on the way to work this morning that Screech is devastated by the release of this video. He’s claiming that he made the tape as part of a contest with other celebrities to capture their most filthy exploits, and that someone must have turned on him. I think he called the game “Poke ‘Em” and he suggested that other big-named celebrities were involved. (It was competitive, with each of them getting awarded points for various acts. The tape, it appears, shows Screech winning the game by scoring a “Dirty Sanchez.”) It’s clearly a pathetic bid for attention. Sad and depressing.

  2. doulicia
    Posted September 29, 2006 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Whoa! The photo and the description of the robot surveilance vehicles TOTALLY reminds me of one of the most terrifying dreams I’ve had in the last 5 years.

    Thank you SO much for bringing it all back.

    I’m going to make some chamomile tea now.

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