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Would you get cybernetic implants?
July 6th 2006, 00:37 CEST by OwenButler

Would you get cybernetic implants?

To what lengths would you augment yourself with readily available cybernetic implants?

Assume cybernetic implants were affordable, painless and invisible.

Would you get an eye implant that showed you the correct time for the time zone you are in, in a HUD?

Would you get an eye implant that showed a todo list of tasks in your vision which you could create/checkoff using your brain?

Would you get an implant that enhanced your vision or hearing?

Would you get an implant to correct a chemical imbalance in your brain?

Would you get an implant to override your muscle control to drive for you?

Reading Peter F Hamilton's Nights Dawn Trilogy got me to thinking: "How amazing would it be to have cybernetic implants?"

Assuming you could do anything, how far would you go with augmenting your body with computers/technology?  If you have a limit, what is it?  Furthermore, why is that the limit?
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#60 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 10:33:39
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I have better than average hearing.  It has very few real-life applications.

#61 by Gunp01nt
2006-07-06 10:35:48
supersimon33@hotmail.com
gaggle:
You.. can't see depth?


I should say I can't perceive depth. It's not like depth renders as black for me.

Something with poor coordination between my two eyes (which is how depth perception works). Made baseball in high school a hoot.

After I learned of my [Dutch] heritage the rate at which I pushed passerbys off of bridges shot up significantly.
 - Penguinx
#62 by Qmanol
2006-07-06 10:48:02
I have the same problem. No depth perception. It sucks.

It isn't a Fallout game unless I use my pickpocketing skill to place a ticking dynamite bomb into the pockets of an 8 year old boy.
#63 by anaqer
2006-07-06 11:05:10
Aww, no wonder the 82nd always made you the mommy.

Get it right!

zzz
#64 by OwenButler
2006-07-06 11:58:25
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
Even worse than the buggy first gen implants, imagine if we have our current format wars.  HDDVD vs Blu Ray etc.

You know, I go over to bobs place, but I can't remote control his dishwasher and tv with my brainplug(tm) because he's running macos.  There's a great open standard for implant communication, so microsoft extends it with "improvements" and tries to lock out the market.

Good times, good times.
#65 by anaqer
2006-07-06 12:39:55
Did you just call Bob gay?

zzz
#66 by OwenButler
2006-07-06 12:41:42
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
No.
#67 by Warren Marshall
2006-07-06 13:13:42
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
WHile all you are gazing at and listening to the hot chicks from afar with your Bionic Eyes And Ears, I'll be banging them with my bionic pecker.

Some of us just don't need augmentation in that area.

Jesus Christ, that is unbelievably retarded! - lwf
#68 by Warren Marshall
2006-07-06 13:15:38
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
The sooner the human race is ended, the better.


yep

You know, you two COULD be leading by example...

Jesus Christ, that is unbelievably retarded! - lwf
#69 by lwf
2006-07-06 13:26:35
I think he meant it in a different way than I did.

I'm the hammer you're the peach.
#70 by OwenButler
2006-07-06 13:42:06
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
#47 by bago
I'd willingly be your first gen gargoyle. Sure it might not work exactly as advertised, but I'm used to working with pre-release software. That's my job.

Oh really, you work in software?  Why didn't you tell us sooner?
#71 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 14:52:46
I'd sign up for the first gen stuff. Life's too long anyway.

#72 by bago
2006-07-06 16:00:26
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Like I said, I'd be more than willing to find the first gen bugs. The sheer coolness would easily outweigh the inconveniences of adding data to my everyday life.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#73 by Ashiran
2006-07-06 16:04:57
Haven't you learned anything from Deus Ex with regard to first gen cybernetics?

This will not be the end of it.
#74 by bago
2006-07-06 16:10:23
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
It's hard to be worse than my eyebrow one.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#75 by Caryn
2006-07-06 16:11:23
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
You know, I go over to bobs place, but I can't remote control his dishwasher and tv with my brainplug(tm) because he's running macos.

I don't know why this reminded me of this almost unrelated story, but a friend of mine who has a 2 year old daughter sat down on her couch the other day and picked up her remote and tried to turn on the television. Instead, she heard a muffled dinosaur roar. Confused and vaguely worried about her sanity, she did it again, wondering what the fuck the noise was. Finally she sat up and took the couch cushions off to find her daughter's remote-controlled dinsosaur toy. Apparently the TV remote also controlled the dinosaur, but she hadn't known that. The story made me laugh.

Current novel word count: 18,000 words (I'm hoping by putting it here it helps motivate me)
#76 by Caryn
2006-07-06 16:12:01
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
You have a cybernetic eyebrow?

Current novel word count: 18,000 words (I'm hoping by putting it here it helps motivate me)
#77 by Jibble
2006-07-06 16:13:10
I'm willing to bet that story is funnier than the entirety of the movie "Click". I'm not willing, however, to test that theory out.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 217 lbs.  37 to go.
#78 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 16:17:03
On July 8th, 2006 at UFC 61, Ken became the first fighter to ever die in the Octagon ring. About 30 seconds in the second round Tito Ortiz put Ken in a rear naked choke. Ken's pride got the best of him. He refused to tap out and suffered complete blockage of the airway which led to asphyxia. Big John McCarthy immediately pushed Tito off of Ken. The doctors attempted to revive Ken but later determined his life and career are both dead. Tito then spit on Ken's face and commented on Ken having the super aids virus. Fans booed Tito for his poor sportsmanship.


BEST. FAKE. Wikipedia entry. EVER.

#79 by bago
2006-07-06 16:17:32
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
No Shoryuken? Lame.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#80 by bago
2006-07-06 16:19:18
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Also: Should have trained with nitrous.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#81 by Funkdrunk
2006-07-06 16:33:53
jflavius@bellatlantic.net
Px

My eyes bulged out of my head, until I saw you noted this as fake.

Funk.

I am sofa king.  We todd ed.
#82 by bago
2006-07-06 16:34:30
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Get your ass to mars.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#83 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 16:40:40
Same here, Funk. When I first started to read it, I didn't notice the date in teh futare.

#84 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 17:51:49
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I'd sign up for the first gen stuff. Life's too long anyway.

Yours won't be unless you get that BMI down.

#85 by Jibble
2006-07-06 18:02:24
I can't wait til Penguin gets his first implant so I can hack it and use him to do my bidding. I'm going to have the best garden ever.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 217 lbs.  37 to go.
#86 by bago
2006-07-06 18:03:50
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Why would you hack it if he's just going to blog it on PC anyways?

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#87 by bago
2006-07-06 18:19:41
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Creepy story about totally missing the point.

This is my preferred take.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#88 by Greg
2006-07-06 18:20:09
Liberty is such a butch.

こんにちは
#89 by schnee
2006-07-06 19:40:51
david@snowdesign.com
I'm thinking of buying one. But, the glossy screen, the runnning hot thing..? Can we get an amen?

Glossy screen... I feel wrong saying this but.. I kinda like it. I see reflections, but they aren't bad, and the screen is still easier to read than the matte finish in bright environments. I'm not doing color critical work on it.

Heat issues... yeah, it runs hot, but the Powerbook G4 ran hotter. Also, Apple always goes for 'quiet and hot' over 'cool and loud'. It's a drawback, but not a deal-breaker.

It's durable and portable, though. Seems much less delicate and fussy than the old Powerbook.

#90 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 20:19:40
My XP laptop has a glossy screen and I dig it.

#91 by jjohnsen
2006-07-06 22:18:05
http://www.johnsenclan.com
My iBook is hotter than Hades.  I'd love a Macbook, but the first couple of versions of new Apple products make me nervous.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#92 by Jibble
2006-07-06 22:27:37
I would indeed say that your Macintosh computer is flaming.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 217 lbs.  37 to go.
#93 by schnee
2006-07-06 23:19:32
david@snowdesign.com
Oh thtop it!

#94 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 23:24:56
I fucked a man in the ass while I placed my order. It just seemed right. Plus, you know, you get the secret, gay Apple discount.

#95 by jjohnsen
2006-07-07 01:01:18
http://www.johnsenclan.com
Well now I feel stupid, they convinced my I was the one that had to take it for the discount.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#96 by Warren Marshall
2006-07-07 01:42:32
http://www.wantonhubris.com/
I'm using my iBook on my front porch right now.  I've never felt gayer.

Jesus Christ, that is unbelievably retarded! - lwf
#97 by yotsuya
2006-07-07 01:46:37
Well now I feel stupid, they convinced my I was the one that had to take it for the discount.

They fucked you in the eye? That's the most disturbing thing I have ever read in the history of the Internet.

"It's only make-believe until it becomes flim-flam."
#98 by Penguinx
2006-07-07 02:05:53
Warren, if it is any consolation the above post is the gayest thing I think I've ever said.

#99 by lwf
2006-07-07 02:56:08
I'm probably going to go totally gay in the next couple of months. Final Cut and all.

Today Officer Coon, Officer Nigger-hater, and Officer Keep-darky-down were acquitted of all racist charges.
#100 by schnee
2006-07-07 05:12:13
david@snowdesign.com
It's like Top Gun in here.

#101 by Mister Nutty
2006-07-07 05:51:58
You can be my wing man anytime.

YHBT. YHL. HAND
#102 by schnee
2006-07-07 08:15:49
david@snowdesign.com
Bullshit! You can be mine.

#103 by schnee
2006-07-07 08:15:59
david@snowdesign.com
So. Gay.

#104 by Gunp01nt
2006-07-07 08:57:44
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire.

After I learned of my [Dutch] heritage the rate at which I pushed passerbys off of bridges shot up significantly.
 - Penguinx
#105 by bago
2006-07-07 10:47:26
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Sorry, you're waaaay out of line.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#106 by mgns
2006-07-07 12:18:37
I'd love a Macbook, but the first couple of versions of new Apple products make me nervous.

Same here.

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers
#107 by mgns
2006-07-07 12:25:48
One of those Ford pickup trucks, F150 or whatever, those big ungodly fuck-off things, just parked across the street. Tinted windows. This ultra-tanned semi-midget, maybe four and a half feet and well over 200 pounds, climbs out.

In a god damn speedo.

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers
#108 by Funkdrunk
2006-07-07 12:56:10
jflavius@bellatlantic.net
Thanks.

Now I'm going to have to spend all day trying to get that image out of my head.

Funk.

I am sofa king.  We todd ed.
#109 by Jibble
2006-07-07 13:59:46
That's fucking awesome. Let's all go play beach volleyball in our jeans and no shirts.

Lady, people aren't chocolates. But you know what they are, mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard filling.

Blog. 217 lbs.  37 to go.
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