Technologists Will Be The Next Drug Dealers

DJ Spooky. Photo: Eddie Codel (Ekai) (CC)

DJ Spooky. Photo: Eddie Codel (Ekai) (CC)

Olivia Solon explains at Wired UK:

Technologists will become the next drug dealers, administering narcotics through brain stimulation, according to Rohit Talwar, the founder of Fast Future Research speaking at Intelligence Squared’s If conference.

Talwar was charged by the government to investigate the drugs landscape over the next 20 years, exploring scenarios going beyond the traditional model of gangs producing and shipping drugs around the world.

He described how the world of genomic sequencing and services such as 23 and Me open up possibilities for tailoring drugs to the individual, delivering effects based on your physiology — which could apply just as effectively to narcotics as it could medicines.

He cited research from the University of California, Berkeley where neuroscientists were able to replicate images people were seeing based on the brain patterns of activity. When combined with transcranial magnetic stimulation — which has been used to inhibit brain functions such as the ability to speak or remember —  it opens up the possibility of electronically delivering targeted highs.

He said: “You could also visualise the experience and then tailor the effect to what you want.  This nano-bio-info-cogno convergence gets us into some very interesting spheres.”

One scenario he imagines would make use of biological proteins manufactured with information-processing technology to deliver effects that could be triggered by electromagnetic stimulation. He imagined that they could be used in a club environment where the DJ would release nanoparticles that the audience could ingest…

[continues at Wired UK]

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  • Techno Dude

    “Talwar was charged by the government to investigate the drugs landscape over the next 20 years, exploring scenarios going beyond the traditional model of gangs producing and shipping drugs around the world.”
    HA! You mean scenarios like the governments and/or government agencies shipping drugs around the world? Because I’m sure they told you to investigate that also… 

    “electronically delivering targeted highs” 

    I know of some huge antennas (HAARP) that could easily do something like that. Lots of watts, unlimited frequency variations, pulse width modulation, phase conjugation, scalar interferometry, etc. 

    Scientist have been experimenting with technology like this since the 1950′s, maybe even before that.  

  • Techno Dude

    “Talwar was charged by the government to investigate the drugs landscape over the next 20 years, exploring scenarios going beyond the traditional model of gangs producing and shipping drugs around the world.”
    HA! You mean scenarios like the governments and/or government agencies shipping drugs around the world? Because I’m sure they told you to investigate that also… 

    “electronically delivering targeted highs” 

    I know of some huge antennas (HAARP) that could easily do something like that. Lots of watts, unlimited frequency variations, pulse width modulation, phase conjugation, scalar interferometry, etc. 

    Scientist have been experimenting with technology like this since the 1950′s, maybe even before that.  

  • Anarchy Pony

    Huxley here we come!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Huxley here we come!

  • Anarchy Pony

    Huxley here we come!

  • BuzzCoastin

    Technologists Will Be The Next Drug Dealers

    for those still in a technological drug induced coma
    the telegraph, telephone, radio, tv and the internet
    are all mind altering “drug” technologies
    just because you don’t notice the effect
    doesn’t make it less real
    the medium is the massage

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Technologists Will Be The Next Drug Dealers

    for those still in a technological drug induced coma
    the telegraph, telephone, radio, tv and the internet
    are all mind altering “drug” technologies
    just because you don’t notice the effect
    doesn’t make it less real
    the medium is the massage

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    sounds horrible. the very idea of nanoparticles makes me itchy. lol

  • http://www.nickmeador.org/ ndmeador

    sounds horrible. the very idea of nanoparticles makes me itchy. lol