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iPhone app programs your dreams
- By Greg Crowe
- May 14, 2012
I love being in the future. It sure beats being in the past by a long shot, let me tell you. One reason is because now we can program our own dreams, just like in "Inception." Yeah, there’s an app for that. Well, sort of.
Sigmund is an app that was developed by Harvard Ph.D. student Daniel Nadler and is available in the iPhone App Store. It is designed to influence your dreams by saying certain words while you sleep. To use it, you tell it what times you are probably going to go to sleep and wake up, and which words you want it to say.
Sigmund will then wait until it estimates you are in the rapid eye movement portion of your sleep cycle before saying the words you’ve selected repeatedly. Doing it this way has proven to be more effective than starting the words while you are trying to fall asleep (and probably a lot less annoying, to boot). Here is a link to the study that inspired Nadler to make the app.
While this isn’t close to all of the things that the movie "Inception" put forth, the idea of influencing your dreams with a computer application is definitely a cool one.
Of course, with the wrong set of words it could definitely take a weirder turn than many might expect. So if you get this app, be careful there in dreamland.
We also wonder if the app could be used nefariously, to influence someone to do something that you want, but they don’t know about. Just don’t tell our editor about the “special” package we loaded up on his brand new iPhone.
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Greg Crowe is a former GCN staff writer who covered mobile technology.