So I decided to get up at the butt-crack of dawn this morning to get to work a bit early and get some sh-t done before I go on vacation. (As much as I hate this job, I don't want to leave a pile of crap for the next person to do - or rather - more sh-t for me to do when I get back from vacation.)
In the mornings, in order to help me get up, I turn on the news to watch for what happened the day before, and the weather report, and even the traffic report (God, that's when you know you've gotten really old. When the news excites you, or is something that you pay a keen attention span to.) One of the clips was particularly interesting. They started talking about a new "brain remote" that has been developed in Japan. (Those crafty Japanese are at it again!)
For right now, the only thing that this "brain remote" can help control are toy trains - but the Japanese are working on a TV remote that will be controlled strictly by the thoughts in your brain. Scary, and yet pretty cool stuff.
I can't help but think of that scene in "Children of Men" where the dude's kid is sitting there at the dinner table with wires hooked up to his brain, and his fingertips hooked up to these mini wires and his fingers flying across some holographic board. It was kind of creepy. So at 4:30AM when the newscaster says "brain remote" this image is what pops into my sleep deprived mind.
You can read more about it here: http://http://www.livescience.com/technology/070622_ap_brain_remote.html