The physical changes that come with aging, physical incapacitation and ill health present challenges to the sexual activity of many people, and for this reason, the development of a mental sexual helmet will eliminate some of these problems. The basis of the technology is the mental nature of sexual intercourse, where different studies have shown that sexual stimulation and satisfaction primarily take place mentally. The technology will work using the concept of brain-to-brain interfacial connectivity, where the brain of one person controls the stimulation of the brain of the other, triggering the desired sexual arousal and activity. The advantages of adopting the technology include that it will offer the aged, the incapacitated and the ill, the opportunity for sexual satisfaction. The technology will also eliminate the challenges of conventional sex, including the monotony of having one partner and the threat of HIV and STDs. More importantly, the adoption of the technology will allow for the eradication of some vices from the society, mainly rape and prostitution.
Inelmen et al. (2012) noted that the physical changes that come with aging, ill health and stress lead to a reduction in sexual functioning. The reduction in sexual functioning and sexual interest can be triggered by different factors, including poor mental health, poor physical fitness, a negative attitude towards sex and the lack of a healthy sexual partner. Further, the older members of society among the other groups identified earlier are assumed to have a reduction in sexual desires, mainly because it is difficult for them to discuss their issues with doctors or other members of the society. Particularly, among the older population, the barriers to maintaining a proper sexual activity include that they may lack a befitting sexual partner, they may be suffering from depression and they may feel the monotony of their long-term sexual relationship. Other factors affecting their sexuality include having sexual partners that are not appealing enough, the effects of hormone variability and iatrogenic factors (Inelmen et al., 2012). Towards addressing the wide array of problem, this technology will eliminate the importance of physical sex, which is the major cause for the many problems facing the modern society. Among the problems to be addressed, following the adoption of the technology include child rape, teenage pregnancies, the threat of HIV and STDs and prostitution. This paper will explore the problems related to conventional sexual activity, which can be eliminated by the use of the mental sexual helmet, which offers a variety of advantages to different groups.
The Biological Basis of the Technology
This technology is based on the scientific findings gathered from different studies, showing that women are capable of having mental sex. The process – according to scientific studies – builds on the process of sexual arousal, which can be escalated using the helmet to the level of allowing the woman and their partner to experience an orgasm, without any use of physical stimulation (Rice, 2010). Previous studies report that some women have been engaging in mental sex successfully since time immemorial – according to a UK researcher. This researcher was able to coach his female subjects on the ways of engaging in mental sex, to the level that they would orgasm inside an MRI machine (Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores & Whipple, 2006). According to Dr Barry Komisaruk, the same parts of the brain that show changes (lighting) during sexual intercourse, can be turned on and off using a little effort; physical stimulation is not needed to realize these results (Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores & Whipple, 2006). Some of the strategies he identified, which can be used to achieve these results include breathing exercises and exposure to erotic fantasies. Similar to the case of men, some women report experiencing powerful orgasms when going through a particularly erotic dream, irrespective of the fact that such experiences cannot be replicated in a conscious state of being (Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores & Whipple, 2006).
The support for a mental sex technology is evidenced by the role played by the mental state of a person in realizing sexual pleasure – including that sexual dysfunction can be caused by physical causes, but it is most times caused by mental blocks among both men and women (McKhann & Albert, 2002). For that reason, creating a technology that eliminates the mental blocks that come in the way of engaging in healthy sexual activity is the goal of this invention. The technology will also expose the relationship between the physical aspect of sexual activity and the brain, which will help eliminate the challenges that are related to physical sexual activity. Arnow et al. (2002), through their study on the relationship between brain activation (mental stimulation) and sexual responses among healthy, young, heterosexual males, pointed out that exposure to erotic videos triggered sexual activity. The relationship shows that the response of males, to mental stimulation is positively related to sexual activity; therefore more advanced mental stimulation will drive them to sexual satisfaction. From the variety of studies incorporating the use of fMRI machines, it was found out that the same brain areas activated during conventional sexual intercourse are the same ones that are activated by mental stimulation (Arnow et al., 2002).
From the different studies exploring the sexuality of women and men, it is clear that mental stimulation affects the individual in ways that are similar to those of sexual intercourse/ activity. For that reason, the development of the mental sex helmet will eliminate the need to bear the adverse consequences that yield from physical sexual activity, but at the same time, guarantee the results borne from conventional sex. Additionally, noting that the mental sex helmet can be used at anytime and place, the new system of sexual activity will offer a more convenient and manageable access to sexual satisfaction, which will fit into the sexual needs of all.
The Working of the Technology
The mental sexual helmet will work using the principles underlying the brain-to-brain interface developed by Harvard University, which allows a human to control another animal, using their thoughts only (Anthony, 2013). The technology, which is currently under development, is expected to be completed and used by December 2018. Firstly, like the Harvard University brain-to-brain interface, the helmet will be non-invasive for the two parties engaging in mental sex. Similar to the Harvard system, the neural sensors and the brain activity triggers required for the helmet to work will be incorporated, including the focused ultrasound (FUS) interface, which directs the desired thought-signal to the target area in the recipient’s brain. In the case of the mental sexual helmet, the two parties will be engaged in actively projecting pleasurable thoughts from one to the other, and also the system will allow for the replaying of pre-recorded mental stimulation of one party. This will be particularly important, for the people whose sexual activity schedules may not be synchronized, which would allow them to wear the helmets at the same time, and engage in the mental sexual activity consecutively (Horstman, 2010).
In the first case, where the two parties have pre-arranged to engage in the mental sexual activity at the same time, the functional mode of the helmet will be switched to real-time sex, where the two will start the sexual activity by hitting a start button. Hitting the start button from one end of the system, the mental sex helmet of the second party will prompt them to accept the start of sexual activity, and upon accepting the prompt, the two will be off in the real-world virtual sexual activity. Depending on their preferences, the helmet, which will have a screen area where the real-looking virtual form of the other party will be viewed and manipulated, touching the body of the body of the other party will be acted-out in the mind and felt like it is real (Horstman, 2010). More importantly, the thought of touching the other person’s body will trigger the feeling of being touched, from their end, through the use of the focused ultrasound (FUS) interface. The trigger of the FUS will channel radiation to the particular part of the brain, which will trigger the feeling of being touched, as well as the desired physical activity, but in a subtle way. For example, kissing the other party from the first end of the cycle will trigger the part of the mind stimulated by the feeling of a kiss on the lips. As a result, the recipient will immediately reciprocate the kiss, which will re-stimulate the feeling of being kissed back, though the mental stimulation of the first sender (Horstman, 2010).
After moving to the advanced level of sexual intercourse, the start of penetration by one of the parties will trigger the parts of the brain that are stimulated by penetration to light-up, which will trigger the feeling of penetration – in a split-second (Stein, 2007). The combination of the thoughts being projected by the sender, the feedbacks they are receiving from the recipient, as well as the brain activity regulating the acted-out sexual activity will take the two through mental sex, to the level of orgasm. One advantage of the technology, which is impossible using conventional sexual intercourse, is that the male partner – in the case of heterosexual partners – can experience their orgasm, yet continue the mental stimulation of their female partner, until they reach orgasm (Horstman, 2010, p. 97). Further, instead of the man continuing the thought-radiated stimulation, the helmet will be programmed to have an auto-pilot system that continues to stimulate the second party, in the case that one of the parties experiences a deep orgasm, which can break the thought-projected stimulation (Haule, 2012). For example, in the case of women, some are likely to experience a trance-like feeling, immediately after experiencing a fully satisfying orgasm, which can break the stimulation for the male counterpart (Haule, 2012).
In the case of pre-recorded sexual stimulation, the helmet will allow the user to record previous mental sexual experiences, which can be replayed for their stimulation, until they reach orgasm. In this case, the male or the female partner engaging in mental sex without a real-time partner on the second end will choose the recording to replay – but the computer simulation may manipulate their mental stimulation from time to time, depending on their mental activity (Horstman, 2010). In another case, the party engaging in mental sex using the helmet can choose the option of computer-simulated stimulation, where the program replays the pictures of their partner, triggering the brain activity needed for them to go through the sexual experience, until they get an orgasm. The computer-simulated mental sex stimulation will be adjusted by the program built into the helmet, depending on the mental activity of the user, and where necessary, the program may delay stimulation, so as to give maximum stimulation and sexual satisfaction (Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores & Whipple, 2006).
The advantages of the mental sex stimulation provided by the helmet, include that the user of the helmet is stimulated according to their respective mental activity. For that reason, the sexual incompatibility that happens with physical sex partners will not be a possibility, noting that the program will adjust and regulate stimulation according to the needs of the user. Further, the programming for the needs of the user of the helmet will be executed using a computer-based software and program (Horstman, 2010). During the programming of the sexual information of the user, as well as their personal identification system, the program will be restricted to the stimulation of the brain, for the mental activity that can allow the user to use the helmet at any setting and environment, as long as they are in an enclosed area. For example, in programming the system of the helmet, the programmer will eliminate the brain stimulation that triggers the motor movement of body parts like legs and the back, so as to offer the most convenient option for sexual satisfaction (Horstman, 2010). However, depending on the personal preferences of the user, the programming of one helmet can be different from that of another user, including that some may prefer having computer-simulated stimulation with different partners. For instance, in the case of aged users, the lack of a permanent partner, to whom they can be linked to, should not stop them from experiencing the better option for sexual satisfaction.
The Importance of the Technology in Society
The development of this technology is mainly aimed at eliminating the problems related to conventional sexual activity, which presents many challenges for different groups, especially the elderly, those that are physically incapacitated, the sickly and those suffering from emotional problems. In the case of the elderly within the society, the barriers to engaging in healthy sexual activity include the lack of a befitting sexual partner, and in addressing this problem, the user will be allowed to chose from a variety of sexual partners (Komisaruk, Beyer-Flores & Whipple, 2006). In making the choice of the partner, aged users will be allowed to choose the partners that are most suited to their health and sexual needs, noting that overstimulation may not be healthy for some aged users. In addressing the problems of the users suffering from depression, the helmet will incorporate the stimulation of the parts of the mind that are known to trigger or stop the feelings of depression and stress. Through the working of the helmet, it is expected that the technology can improve the mental health of the users, noting that it will simulate the resolution of the thought patterns related to stress and depression (Horstman, 2010).
The sexuality of some people is often affected by the feelings of monotony with their long-term sexual partner. Through the use of the mental sexual helmet, the users of the helmet will be offered the option to have a variety of sexual partners, which will allow them to engage in mental sex with more than a single partner. The possibility of having different sexual partners, while at the same time avoiding the threat of the modern problems related to having numerous sexual partners, including HIV and STDs will offer more advantages to the users, when compared to conventional sex. The new technology will eliminate the problem of the men or the women who have developed psychological blocks to their relations with the people of the opposite sex (McCann & Pearlman, 1990, p. 290). This is mainly the case, because many of their problems can be traced to the lack of trust for members of the opposite sex, therefore the helmet will offer them the sexual satisfaction needed, without bearing the consequences anticipated (McCann & Pearlman, 1990).
Among the elderly as well as the young, the mental sex helmet will allow two consenting parties to engage in sex without touching, irrespective of the distance between them. For example, in the case of long term relationships, the signals of the sexual activity tapped from the different parties will be collected by the inbuilt computer system, or an optional external computer system, and communicated across to the other user (Haule, 2012). The transfer of the signals could be radiation based, in this case, for shorter distances, where the recipient and the sender will be linked via radio or Bluetooth waves, among others. In the case of long distance mental sexual activity, the two computer systems of the helmet, or the computers linked to the helmets will be connected to a high-speed internet connection, which will allow for the immediate transmission of the signals. The ability to work over short and long distances will be very helpful to married partners living at different parts of the world, or the people in a relationship and challenged by their geographical position (Tiger, 2007).
The advantages of adopting the helmet technology, to society, include that its ownership will be regulated by law enforcement systems; the helmet will not be sold to people below the age of 18, and this will help to reduce the cases of irresponsible sexual behaviours (Haule, 2012). Due to the versatility of the helmet, the people that would otherwise rape or seek prostitutes will be contained, which will reduce the levels of prostitution and rape cases registered within the society. Following the reduction in the sexual advances channelled to people below the age of 18 years, teenage pregnancies will be reduced considerably.
Different studies show that many people encounter sexual problems, during their ageing years, due to depression or stress and due to ill health. Towards addressing the problems experienced by these different groups, the mental sexual helmet technology is being developed to eliminate these problems. The biological basis of the technology is the arousal of the brain during sexual intercourse, which can be triggered using scientific means. The basis of the technology is supported by different studies about the relationship between the mental functionality of men and women, and their effect on sexual satisfaction. The technology, which is expected to start working in December 2018, will allow two partners engaging in sex to stimulate one another using their thoughts, to the level of climaxing sexually. The benefits to be borne by society, following the implementation of the technology include that it will eliminate the sexual challenges that face different groups of people, including the aged and the incapacitated. The technology will allow the users to have multiple sexual partners, it will allow long distance partners to get sexual satisfaction and it will help in eliminating irresponsible behaviors like prostitution and rape within the society.
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