In the not-so-distant future, attaining the Big O during sex will be as easy as changing television channels with auto-erotic implants. Researchers all over the world are exploring the possibilities of an electronic chip that would stimulate the brain's pleasure centers within the orbitofrontal cortex. This is the area associated with feel-good activities like eating and sexual intercourse.
Stimulating specific portions of the brain has already been used to treat Parkinson's disease, but scientists are keen to see if the technology will also work in the orbitofrontal cortex.
Dr. Stuart Meloy has modified a spinal cord stimulator and called it the Orgasmatron. Dr. Meloy's creation plays on the idea of stimulating the orbitofrontal cortex. If the science works out, auto-erotic implants could be in our very near future. Professor Tipu Aziz opines on this latter application below.
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