Friday, December 14, 2007

Those Voices In Your Head...

(D.R.)--There have long been rumors about technology that puts thoughts into peoples heads. This skulldugery is suspected of creating "Manchurian Candidates" as assassins, or for creating a mass psychosis among a large group of people. This could be in the form of a supposed alien invasion, the return of Christ or other strange events designed for social control. Well, now it has hit mainstream advertising:

Voice to Skull Technology in New York
December 12th, 2007

Via: AdAge:

New Yorker Alison Wilson was walking down Prince Street in SoHo last week when she heard a woman’s voice right in her ear asking, “Who’s there? Who’s there?” She looked around to find no one in her immediate surroundings. Then the voice said, “It’s not your imagination.”
Indeed it isn’t. It’s an ad for “Paranormal State,” a ghost-themed series premiering on A&E this week. The billboard uses technology manufactured by Holosonic that transmits an “audio spotlight” from a rooftop speaker so that the sound is contained within your cranium. The technology, ideal for museums and libraries or environments that require a quiet atmosphere for isolated audio slideshows, has rarely been used on such a scale before. For random passersby and residents who have to walk unwittingly through the area where the voice will penetrate their inner peace, it’s another story.
Ms. Wilson, a New York-based stylist, said she expected the voice inside her head to be some type of creative project but could see how others might perceive it differently, particularly on a late-night stroll home. “I might be a little freaked out, and I wouldn’t necessarily think it’s coming from that billboard,” she said.
Joe Pompei, president and founder of Holosonics, said the creepy approach is key to drawing attention to A&E’s show. But, he noted, the technology was designed to avoid adding to noise pollution. “If you really want to annoy a lot of people, a loudspeaker is the best way to do it,” he said. “If you set up a loudspeaker on the top of a building, everybody’s going to hear that noise. But if you’re only directing that sound to a specific viewer, you’re never going to hear a neighbor complaint from street vendors or pedestrians. The whole idea is to spare other people.”
Holosonics has partnered with a cable network once before, when Court TV implemented the technology to promote its “Mystery Whisperer” in the mystery sections of select bookstores. Mr. Pompei said the company also has tested retail deployments in grocery stores with Procter & Gamble and Kraft for customized audio messaging. So a customer, for example, looking to buy laundry detergent could suddenly hear the sound of gurgling water and thus feel compelled to buy Tide as a result of the sonic experience.
Mr. Pompei contends that the technology will take time for consumers to get used to, much like the lights on digital signage and illuminated billboards did when they were first used. The website Gawker posted an item about the billboard last week with the headline “Schizophrenia is the new ad gimmick,” and asked “How soon will it be until in addition to the do-not-call list, we’ll have a ‘do not beam commercial messages into my head’ list?”
“There’s going to be a certain population sensitive to it. But once people see what it does and hear for themselves, they’ll see it’s effective for getting attention,” Mr. Pompei said.


Charles James said...

Hey Dojo Rat: I only want to say is that I do not want anyone anywhere projecting anything into my mind for any reason.

They added televisions to the pumps at the gas station pushing products.

They added commercials to the teller machines forcing you to watch the ad before you can get your money.

The thing I take homage to is being forced to endure anything with out my consent.

If I go into a store and see a sign asking me if I would like to experience this new technology and then provide feedback on it knowing that it would become public and with out anyone's consent then I could make that choice.

I believe that if we allow this type of intrusion with out permission we open the door to things that would compel us to do things we normally would not do.

If you read Lt.Col. Grossman's book on Killing you will see that this inundation of our youth with these various forms of intrusions that it has an adverse effect that we are currently paying for in society.

At least on television if I don't like something I can turn it off or change the channel. In this new format I have not choice.

This is what this country is founded on, our ability to make those choices and not be forced to endure what we do not want in our lives.


Bob Patterson said...

Problem solved!


Dojo Rat said...

I spread my frame on immense aluminium ladders to diffuse the cosmic rays...
--But seriously, this is disconcerting technology...

Bob Patterson said...

Hey don't get me wrong, I agree. Generally speaking new technologies end up going towards two things:

1. The military and killing
2. Making a corporation richer

God bless capitalism. In the real world I'm a liaison to our business dept. (not by choice either) While there are good 'ole American capitalists who are very philanthropic, they are in the minority in my opinion.

So, this will likely be one more piece of crap technology that my wife will have to hear me bitch about. BTW I refuse to own a cell phone. Mrs. Patterson carries one for emergencies but it's never on.


Dojo Rat said...

Tim McVeigh said the government had put a microchip in him and was monitoring him. Sirhan-sirhan said he believes he was programmed to kill Bobby Kennedy (he had help), and then there are people who claim "voices in their head made them do it"...
Well, I think a case can now be made that people can indeed be targeted by government mind control programs, way beyond the CIA drug experiments of the past.

Scott said...

That's where I'm getting all those weird ideas for my blog! Sneaky.

Hand2Hand said...

Hey DR,

I recall reading once that the man who served as the technical consultant for the book and movie, "The Manchurian Candidate," said that Sirhan Sirhan had all the symptoms of someone who was a brainwashing subject.

I don't know if that's an urban legend or not. I'll see if I can find a link and post it here.

Like you, I definitely believe that there was more to the killings of the Kennedy brothers and Martin Luther King than some lone nutjobs flipping out. Sadly, I fear that too much time has passed to ever know the complete truth.

Unfortunately, whether what you described is true or not, there is no doubt that modern Americans are being controlled and manipulated in ways by corporations and the government that we can't even imagine.

We've taken the Roman concept of "Bread and Circuses" to so many new levels, it's scary.

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