March 19, 2007

Would You Rather?

Would you rather…

  • Have a phone device implanted in your head which would allow you to talk on the phone with no external machinery. (When it rings, you can hear it. When you want to talk on the phone, you have to speak aloud. You control it with voice commands. You can’t turn it off, but you can disable the ringer.)
  • or Never be able to use any sort of telephone again
Posted by James at March 19, 2007 10:53 AM
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UGH. As much as I dislike the phone, I couldn't *totally* live with out it, so I guess I'd have to take the first option. But I'd have the ringer turned off 90% of the time.

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at March 19, 2007 11:11 AM

Half the problem with phones is finding the phone when it rings. The other half is that people call me.

Hmmm. I think I'll take the phone-in-head, since I can turn the ringer off. If I never turned it back on, it would be the same as option #2.

Posted by: Maggie at March 19, 2007 11:30 AM

As appealing as #2 sounds, I might need 911 once in a while. So I'd have to go with #1 and the ringer off most of the time.

Posted by: Julie at March 19, 2007 11:36 AM

Mind to mind communication when desired by both parties sounds great. Assuming there are no ill effects and I'm not the only person in the world with such a device (i.e. people staring at me weirdly when I am on the phone), then I'll go for phone-in-the-head.

Posted by: Chuck S. at March 19, 2007 11:48 AM

No phone. I dislike the phone. I never use it now.

Posted by: leslie at March 19, 2007 11:59 AM

It's untested. You're the first.

Posted by: James at March 19, 2007 12:02 PM

Actually, it's not quite fair to add "untested" in there. Let's say it's tested, but not in popular use yet. You'd be an early adopter.

Posted by: James at March 19, 2007 12:03 PM

Yay. Never talking on the phone again!

I'd get a TTY in case I need to contact someone in an emergency to address Julie's concern.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at March 19, 2007 12:04 PM

Much as I dislike the phone, I have to agree with the majority here. I'd disable the ringer and use it primarily for my own convenience.

Posted by: briwei at March 19, 2007 12:33 PM

Man, what a choice. Intrusive brain surgery or never being able to call 9-1-1 again. I'll take "Luddite" for $400, Alex.

Posted by: Northbound at March 19, 2007 12:48 PM

No more avoiding phone calls by saying you weren't home or you were in your yard. If the phone's implanted, there are no more excuses for not answering. The guilt of not answering! Then again, the guilt of being permanently incommunicado would be worse. I guess I'd take the implant, and then just teach my loved ones not to call all day.

Posted by: pam at March 19, 2007 2:57 PM

When our phone rings, we usually look at eachother to see who will have to pick it up. Often, I say, "Don't answer that!" or some such.

I like Bob's idea of a TTY/TDD--works for me. There's that and email, so I think I'd be just fine without a phone. Yes, I like to chat with the parents, but we could use a TTY just fine.

James, did this "Would you rather" have anything to do with the cochlear implant story I sent to you this morning?

Posted by: Patti M. at March 19, 2007 3:44 PM

No Phone evah!

Hey patti can you send me that story too (on the Cochlear implant)? wierd aside I am actually considering middle ear surgery where I'd get some nice new bones in my middle ear :)


Posted by: Jay at March 19, 2007 4:32 PM

Believe it or not, this has nothing to do with the cochlear implant story. I thought of it while i was listening to the first couple of chapters of a Stephen King book driving in to work this morning. It's entitled "Cell."

Posted by: James at March 19, 2007 5:33 PM

Jay, a cochlear implant will not do anything with the bones in your ear--it's an electronic device that stimulates the auditory nerve, so caveat emptor.

Here's the link to the story:

Michael Chorost and his technological interface with the world

Posted by: Patti M. at March 20, 2007 9:36 AM

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