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Get the Net to Your Brain? Sure!

Magazines like PC World are in theory supposed to be the cheerleaders of technology– oh wait I meant Wired, PC World is the old grey lady of mainline PC computing, the sort of PC magazine CEO’s feel safe reading without getting too confused. So maybe this PC World blog post by Tom Spring which treats the Zogby poll on the internet as something awful and bizarre… makes sense in all its Luddite glory.

Here is a disturbing thought, 11 percent of Americans say they would be willing to safely implant a device that enabled them to use their mind to access the Internet,

So? We’re assuming here that it’s safe. Right now people are making the internet as mobile as they can, putting it in cell phones, laptops, handheld devices and now even iPods. Wifi is everywhere and there’s a reason for that. I’ve gotten used to finding things out by Googling them and I can relate to the kids in Vernon Vinge’s Rainbow’s End whose wearable internet access goes with them via clothes and contact lenses and feel lost when in the middle of a conversation they’re unable to google terms.

Is that the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse I see headed our way?

No just the Nine Dwarfs of Luddite Foolishness.

The Zogby/463 poll of 9743 Americans examined people’s attitudes about the Internet. The results just make me want to cut back on how much I sit in front of this computer.

Good, you do that and go work for some non-computer magazine. How about Wine Drinkers Daily?

* Other troubling poll results reveal 1 in 5 respondents said they would be willing to have a chip implanted in a child 13 or younger so they can track them.

Iffier in some ways but would likely end kidnapping for good, high on many parent’s worry list. Plenty of parents have phone tracking in place already. Not that different really. There are chips being implanted to track pets. Get with the times Tom Spring.

one in five Americans said they would change their name to something completely different for $100,000 cash. The study didn’t say whether that was before taxes or after.

Again, why not? It depends on how attached people are to their name. I could go either way. After all you don’t pick your name anyway, so why not. And why the O’Reilly Factor “Look at all the wierdos” approach?

Over half of Americans think that Internet content such as video should be controlled in some way by the government.

Oh great, the one genuinely disturbing factoid on the list is the one that Tom Spring and PC World don’t think are worthy of notice.

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