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Posted by on Nov 25, 2009

The Brain Chip from Intel, The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh and George Romero

I suppose it was inevitable.

“Intel researchers in Pittsburgh told journalists today that brain implants are harnessing human brain waves to surf the Internet, manipulate documents, and much more.”

Well, thank you Intel. The modern age wasn’t quite scary enough. And contrary to what science fiction from the 1950s-1980s would have had us believe, the recipients of these chips are eager volunteers. As Hollywood has explained to me over the course of the last three decades, this will not end well.

Read both articles:
Intel: Chips in brains will control computers by 2020
and a review from ReadWriteWeb:
The Brain Chip Cometh, & It Cometh from Intel.

It is fitting that this is taking place in Pittsburgh (and yes, we are looking at you Carnegie Mellon University) as the whole chain of events will end like another Pittsburgh iconic event:

Am I the only one who really has purpose with horror films? I have no attraction to the genre whatsoever.

But I suppose we can be optimistic and hope this Intel brain chip business turns out to be a different take on the Pittsburgh legend, a la The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh.

I dare you not to watch that addictive clip all the way through.

On a side note, is this not the most delicious Wikipedia entry of all time (from George Romero’s biography):

Romero attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University. After graduating in 1960, he began his career shooting short films and commercials. One of his early commercial films, a segment for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in which Mr. Rogers underwent a tonsillectomy, inspired Romero to go into the horror film business.

Mr. Rogers’ tonsillectomy unleashed all the Zombies. The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh. Wait, what was this post about originally?

Oh yeah, brain chips from Intel. Bum. Bum, Bum, Bum, Bum!

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