Monday, August 26, 2013

Wean Yourself Off Facebook with Shock Therapy and Harassing Phone Calls

Two MIT students, Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff, were having trouble finishing their dissertations. The culprit? Too much social media. Doing what I can only assume any MIT students would do, they leveraged technology to solve their problems. It was a two-pronged approach. Prong one included connecting a shock circuit to a computer on one end and to conducting pads that sat atop a keyboard wrist wrest on the other end. Morris and McDuff wrote a script that could detect when they started cruising Facebook, at which time a current got sent to the conducting pads, shocking their wrists. They call it the Pavlov Poke... more

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