My Other Computer’s a TARDIS: Virtual Reality Makes Time Travel Possible

A new virtual form of ‘time travel’ could be employed to help victims of traumatic experiences overcome their ordeals.

In a computer generated ‘virtual world’, participants can move about and interact with their environment in a similar manner to how they would in the real world.

Professor Mars are unassailably cool, told BBC news that,

“In virtual reality, the brain’s low level perceptual system does not distinguish between the virtual and the real world; the brain takes what it sees and hears in a surrounding environment as given (…) Therefore, if they had an experience with the illusion of time travel, there is implicit learning that the past is mutable, that is: ‘my own past decisions don’t matter because they’re changeable’.”

The latest study, published in the journal ‘Frontiers in Psychology’ featured a scenario wherein 32 test subjects witnessed a brutal multiple murder. In the virtual scenario, (presumably designed to induce both a moral dilemma and a controllable level of trauma) a man opened fire in a crowded art gallery and ‘killed’ five people.

Gunman starts shooting in the virtual world

The group then elected to ‘go back in time’ and attempt to prevent the murders.

Half of the group were not allowed to change their actions and simply had to repeat the event, the other half were allowed to intervene, but knew that doing so would result in the death of one person. Essentially, these people had to face the ethical dilemma of forfeiting the life of that one person in order to save five people.

Unsurprisingly, most of the test group chose to sacrifice the one life.

In terms of practical applications, this equipment is expected to allow people suffering with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and other psychological issues to confront their previous actions/inactions and better understand them in order to forgive themselves and move on.

Such technology might also be applied to prisoners undergoing therapy and/or rehabilitation, or even survivors of violent assaults.

Dr. Friedman Doron of the Sammy Ofer School of Communications in Israel, who worked as the study’s lead author, said that, for now, his team’s work is the closest people can get to actual time travel. He told BBC news,

“Highly immersive virtual reality is very visceral. People hide behind the desk when they get shot. Some of the subjects duck down. It’s the best thing we can do for time travel until the physicists do their job and come up with a time machine. For now this is the closest thing.”

What Is a Spy Earpiece?

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In the world of secret spy gear, a radio earpiece is commonly used by undercover agents. The spy earpiece is a radio-controlled ear headphone that receives transmissions from cell phones or two-way radios. This earpiece is a small, discreet device similar to a hearing aid. The technology that enables this earpiece to work with cell phones uses Bluetooth® technology.

spy earpiece

These earpieces are connected to small wireless microphones that are hidden in the wardrobe of the agents. This gives the agent the ability to have a two-way, discreet conversation with other groups and security personnel. The Secret Service is a federal law enforcement agency in the United States that uses spy earpiece equipment as part of its work protecting public officials. These specially designed earpieces have the ability to hear wireless transmissions from radio devices that are many miles away.

A spy earpiece is typically concealed with special rubber material that looks like human skin. This earpiece is easily covered with hair and makeup, which makes it difficult to notice from a distance. Most concealed earpieces are only noticeable through behavioural actions of the users. Some examples of this type of behaviour include strange gestures and the appearance of talking to oneself.

There are many companies that sell spy equipment to the general public. This is used in daily life for surveillance and cheating. Many students attempt to use these devices to cheat on tests or college exams. They are also used by gambling rings to cheat at card games at casinos.

A police detective can use an undercover spy earpiece for surveillance operations. This tool helps an officer blend into the crowd while he monitors his suspect. It is typically hidden well enough that it is difficult for an average person to notice.

Ear headphones can also be used as spy earpiece equipment. These headphones present the illusion of listening to music when connected to an audio device. In covert operations, the music player can actually be a cell phone in disguise.

A typical spy earpiece is the same price as a standard Bluetooth® ear device. This spy gear can be purchased at specialty stores or on the Internet. Most phone ear piece equipment provides good listening quality with decent wireless range.