i saw this thing the other day where you can move within a computer's virtual environment without actually manipulating a controller or mouse. the product itself is pretty handy for people without the use of their hands or fingers or anything like that, but i'm more interested in the implications for the future.
whenever you watch something cyberpunk or whatever, you see people getting a plug in the base of the back of the neck that they use to interface within a virtual environment. personally, it seems to me that this is a much more accessible way for people to start dropping out of reality and into their own collective virtual world.
imagine logging into your mmo of choice (or a version of facebook or myspace that has a graphic interface [second life]) and being able to move without moving your real hands. the implications are huge. no complicated surgery is needed, no injection of wifi nanobots, just a little hat with sensors.
this immediately causes concern for those of us worried that remote controlled robots and cybernetic slaves will one day run the world. i can see some kind of rich genius, intent on world domination, sitting at his desk while his controlled slaves put down a rebellion of humans on the streets of chicago. but like anything, it's a tool. here's hoping that we don't kill ourselves like we did in the matrix.