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BuzzBite: Stinking Up the Web

Stinking Up the Web

Here's a prediction we hope never comes true: the olfactory Internet.

The BBC reports technology experts in South Korea are forecasting that by 2015, fragrance cartridges attached to computers will be able to create scents based on information sent over the Internet.

The ability to generate odors with the press of a key would revolutionize Internet advertising--new-car smells and the scent of roasting coffee beans would surely be as ubiquitous as pop-ups. But given the Web's endless fascination with underdressed pop singers and celebrity corpses, this is one genie we'd rather keep in the bottle. --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]