Making the impractical practical

2010-12-09 00:06

There was some cyberpunk novel I read some years back involving a character who had the phrase “poor impulse control” tattooed on his forehead, as a warning to people who encountered him. This strikes me as a great idea, but there would be serious problems with trying to impose such a thing as a penalty through the court system.

However, this is the sort of thing where, with a little nudge from the government, the free market could take care of it:

Subsidize facial tattoos which read “POOR IMPULSE CONTROL”. Subsidize them to the point where, in fact, they are absolutely free to the recipient.

Problem solved.

Peter Seebach

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Comment

  1. Until the become some sort of fashion statement and loose all their meaning.

    (The novel was ‘Snow Crash’ by Neil Stephenson, by the way.)

    christian · 2010-12-10 09:27 · #

  2. The character with the “Poor Impulse Control” is in Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash.

    — Dave in Tucson · 2010-12-10 11:41 · #

  3. Hi Peter! I have read several articles that you have written and I have been trying to send you an email, the only email I have found no long exists. I am working on a project and need someone a great deal smarter than me to help me understand some of the details. If you would, can you send me an email so I can ask you the questions?

    Thank you!

    Emily

    Emily · 2010-12-12 00:46 · #

  4. We already have tattoos like this.

    They’re called tattoos.

    — uyuy · 2011-01-26 09:25 · #

  5. Don’t be bashing people with tattoos… That’s judging a book by it’s cover (I got here by way of the Rift forums, I also have a rather large tattoo on the back of my head)…

    — thisismydecoy · 2011-05-24 15:06 · #

 
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