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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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#8 by Marsh Davies
2006-07-06 01:08:39
www.verbalchilli.com
Yes to all of those, for sure. This body's crap. Give me a enhanced one anyday. And have my knees hinge backwards so I can make terrific leaps. And a long prehensile tongue. AND LASER EYES.

Saw this article on prosthetic limbs the other day: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/5140090.stm

Seriously, were this stuff to become possible and affordable I'd be there in an instant.

#9 by jjohnsen
2006-07-06 01:14:08
http://www.johnsenclan.com
As long as nothing takes away my control (like driving the car), and is easy to turn off an on.

Actually, the liberalism of the media - as a general thing - IS a major fallacy. What the media is, is a whore.  -LP
#10 by anaqer
2006-07-06 01:15:39
Yes to all of those, for sure. This body's crap.

Amen. I'm all for it, especially if you can h4x0r others.... STOP HITTING YOURSELF!

zzz
#11 by anaqer
2006-07-06 01:17:24
Can you say 'digital roofies'?

zzz
#12 by G-Man
2006-07-06 01:20:33
Not without a cybernetic tongue.
#13 by bago
2006-07-06 01:22:21
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
What electronic device doesn't have an off button?

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#14 by LPMiller
2006-07-06 01:29:58
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
any Pocket PC.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#15 by Dumdeedum
2006-07-06 01:36:26
http://www.dumdeedum.com
And plenty of others have artificial and/or consumer-unfriendly restrictions, so it's not an unreasonable condition to set.

#16 by schnee
2006-07-06 01:37:04
david@snowdesign.com
The only cybernetic implants I'd get are ones that help regulate my neurotransmitter levels better than my ADD meds already do. Well, if they find a way to better manage hunger signals, I'd do that too. Otherwise,  I'd stay as un-cybered as possible.

Street samurai were fun in Shadowrun, but in real life, they're tragic wastes.

#17 by Qmanol
2006-07-06 01:39:36
I wants me a cybernetic eye - mine are shithouse. Somewhat more dubious about anything that can actually move, like limb replacements. Difficulties in feedback and pressure control mean I'd only want them if I lost a limb. But pure sensory apparati seem to be a win.

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.
#18 by bago
2006-07-06 01:53:56
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Except for that power button on the top. A continual sensory recorder would be nice. Logs are a programmers best friend.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#19 by Wudi
2006-07-06 01:57:29
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.

Zep--

Matt Davis: If you had kids you'd learn to tune out the screaming baby and carry on watching TV as normal.
#20 by deadlock
2006-07-06 02:00:45
http://www.deadlocked.org/
My watch doesn't have an on/off switch.

Crapfeed. Some git hacked my server so I'm rebuilding. Woe is me!
#21 by Dumdeedum
2006-07-06 02:07:32
http://www.dumdeedum.com
Which is partly why I said no to a optical time display, that and I live quite happily without being shackled to time at the moment and see no need to start.

And to roll on from Wudi's post, orgasm buttons yes/no?

#22 by bago
2006-07-06 02:17:44
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
Why limit yourself to time? Why not have a full on console?

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#23 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 02:21:51
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I saw the Outer Limits episode where everybody had a direct brain wireless link to the internet.  That's why not.

#24 by OwenButler
2006-07-06 02:24:45
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
I'd go all out with most of the examples in the topic.  Maybe not the car driving thing.

I'd have inbuilt speakers and storage for music on the go.  Ear buds are pretty clunky when you think about it.  Assuming it was safe, why bother with the actual mobile phone handset?  Just have one inbuilt and hooked up.

Agreed all these things would have to have an off button.

I wouldn't say no to a heads up mapping system.  A kind of futuristic useful version of current in car nav systems.
#25 by OwenButler
2006-07-06 02:26:54
http://blog.owenbutler.org/
schnee:

What about glasses or contact lenses (or super eyes!)?
#26 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 02:28:17
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
A direct-to-nervous-system audio input would be great, because in addition to full surround sound and no noise pollution, you also wouldn't suffer any ear damage.

#27 by bago
2006-07-06 02:32:53
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
There are direct neural interfaces already for deaf people.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#28 by Jibble
2006-07-06 02:55:07
I'd say yes to all of it if it was invisible (except for the muscle control thing, seriously, by that point the car will be driving itself anyway). On/off/reboot (it's going to have bugs, just deal with it) switch for everything. No clock. I just want to be able to lift and throw cars.

Unfortunately, the market for invisible devices will collapse when people realize that "invisible" means "I can't hold it up to show everyone how rich and important I am."

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.
#29 by Caryn
2006-07-06 02:58:41
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net
Cybernetic implants definitely interest the gadget lover in me, so I'd love to have super-powered senses. But there's a part of me that also values not being continually hooked in to a constant information stream, so I'd probably go for the implants that augment my senses, but might shy away from an implant that keeps me continually hooked into instant messaging and the news. I don't know.

Current novel word count: 18,000 words (I'm hoping by putting it here it helps motivate me)
#30 by Jibble
2006-07-06 03:05:46
I'd shy away from anything that makes a connection with any other system via wireless. Too much chance for hacking.

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.
#31 by bago
2006-07-06 03:45:13
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
But there's a part of me that also values not being continually hooked in to a constant information stream


So you often approach the world with eyelids securely sealed?

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#32 by LPMiller
2006-07-06 04:31:23
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
oh shut up. you know what she meant, don't be intentionally obtuse.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#33 by CheesyPoof
2006-07-06 04:36:08
As long as peak oil doesn't get us, I think cybernetics are sure thing. It'll start with the eye and ear, ostensibly to cure blindness and deafness (though the deafies don't think it needs to be cured), but will quickly move to a HUD implant. All they need to do is figure out how to make sure it doesn't give you brain cancer like cell phones.
#34 by Caryn
2006-07-06 04:39:02
carynlaw@pacbell.net http://www.hellchick.net

So you often approach the world with eyelids securely sealed?

What LP said. Your response was stupid.

Current novel word count: 18,000 words (I'm hoping by putting it here it helps motivate me)
#35 by bago
2006-07-06 05:13:39
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
If only there were a deadpan tag.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#36 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 05:40:36
New spine.

#37 by LPMiller
2006-07-06 05:43:48
lpmiller@gotapex.com http://www.gotapex.com
If only there were a deadpan tag.


it would still be stupid. I know funny deadpan. That wasn't it.

"Testiculos habet et bene pendentes" "He has testicles, and they dangle nicely."
#38 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 05:45:18
I'd opt for just about anything that made me stronger, smarter, or more efficient.

#39 by Hugin
2006-07-06 06:04:21
lmccain@nber.org
I don't think I'd get anything.  Because anything we're discussing would be first or second generation stuff, and I wouldn't want to be part of the first wave of Cyber Eyeball Cancer or Ultrawideband Brain Reciever Parkinsons or Venereal Rootkits or whatever else goes wrong.

I'll save it for when I'm horribly old and my stuff is falling off anyway. My grandkids can be the bionic people.
#40 by schnee
2006-07-06 06:26:18
david@snowdesign.com
What about glasses or contact lenses (or super eyes!)?

Good point on the eyes. I'd get my shortsightedness/astigmatism/color blindness fixed. Augmentation beyond that... no. I'd rather keep it all as external as possible, because look how fast computers have become obsolete.

Does anyone here want to become Gunter or Anne Navarre? I don't think so. Even JC will be obsolete when the next wave of tech comes. What price superman?

#41 by schnee
2006-07-06 06:26:45
david@snowdesign.com
PS - just fired up my new Macbook.

The thing is an awesome little machine.

#42 by Penguinx
2006-07-06 06:29:39
Schnee, I've got the 20" iMac on order with upgraded ram, hard drive, and videocard. Woo!

#43 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 06:32:13
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
If only there were a deadpan tag.

Everything in text comes across as deadpan.  Perhaps you should've ended with "wacka wacka wacka."

#44 by Gunther Hermann
2006-07-06 06:33:26
hermann.gunther@gmail.com
Might I sugest agin, a skul-gun for my head. Yesterday in Batery Park, some
scum we all know pushes smack for NSF gets jumpy and draws. I take 2 .22\'s,
1 in flesh, 1 in augs, befor I can get out that dam asalt gun.

If I could kil just by thought, it would be beter. Is it my job to be a
human target-practis backstop?
#45 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 06:35:39
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
Needs more letters.

#46 by mgns
2006-07-06 07:42:40
schnee,

I'm thinking of buying one. But, the glossy screen, the runnning hot thing..? Can we get an amen?

Cold silence has a tendency to atrophy any
Sense of compassion
Between supposed lovers
#47 by bago
2006-07-06 07:44:20
manga_Rando@hotmail.com
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.

We need to keep our arms open, our head up, smiles big and our middle fingers raised.
#48 by m0nty
2006-07-06 07:53:45
http://tinfinger.blogspot.com
Wudi (#19):
my bionic pecker.

So you're saying you're unhappy with your current pecker? Aww, no wonder the 101st always made you the mommy.
#49 by Ashiran
2006-07-06 08:51:26
I would not get a single cybernetic implant that isn't just a prothesis. Nor would I ever jack a plug into my brain. Cybernetic enhancements are pointless and direct plugs to computersystems the first step to the end of the human race.

Not that I see it happen with peak oil and all.

This will not be the end of it.
#50 by BobJustBob
2006-07-06 08:55:55
The sooner the human race is ended, the better.

"That probably entirely useless path, that probably lost day, that probably futile hope. What's the point of it all?" - Franz Kafka, The Castle
#51 by lwf
2006-07-06 08:59:37
yep

I'm the hammer you're the peach.
#52 by McBain
2006-07-06 09:09:31
I'm with Ashiran.  I'd never get cybernetic implants and the human race will be in Mad Max mode long before we get to that level of technology.

Blacker than the last banana.
#53 by gaggle
2006-07-06 09:54:02
I'd be hugely curious about any cybernetic implants on the market. I'd also be so very careful about what Hugin speaks of, that first-generation hardware is buggy at best.

But if that's dealt with, like you may say laser eye surgery today is reasonably safe, then I'd be up for a lot I imagine. Fast easy access to information when you want? Sure. Todo lists, telephone, everything like that sounds marvelous. I've never thought about the superstrength stuff, I guess I don't have that wish.. eh, you know sure, it sounds good. I guess. Not sure what the point would be.
 

The author Peter F. Hamilton has some pretty cool ideas for man/machine interfaces, his Commonwealth Saga in particular contains a jolly look at where it could all end up. Though in that world it's probably their effective immortality that draws me the most. Fuck implants and fuck every other improvements to humans, please fix it so we don't die kthnx.

"[The internet is] not a truck. It's a series of tubes."
#54 by Squeaky
2006-07-06 09:56:00
If it were perfectly safe and bug free and hacker proof (har!) I'd augment everything I could (assuming money weren't an issue).

#55 by Shadarr
2006-07-06 10:04:54
shadarr@yahoo.com http://digital-luddite.com
I wouldn't want super strength for me, but I look forward to the mutant vs cyborg Olympics.

#56 by Gunp01nt
2006-07-06 10:04:58
supersimon33@hotmail.com
Would you get an eye implant that showed you the correct time for the time zone you are in, in a HUD?


No, but throw in a built-in camera, infrared vision, improved depth perception (I can't see depth), eye-RSI prevention and Friend-or-foe identification and we can talk about it.

After I learned of my [Dutch] heritage the rate at which I pushed passerbys off of bridges shot up significantly.
 - Penguinx
#57 by Gunp01nt
2006-07-06 10:09:12
supersimon33@hotmail.com
There has to be a significant value to an implant before I'll get one. It has to provide something that can't be provided otherwise in a much cheaper, easier fashion. The watch and todo list implants are stupid examples, since they sound like what stupid early adopters would get in the early development phase of implants, just so they can say they have them. Projecting stuff onto your eyeball isn't really an advantage in itself.

After I learned of my [Dutch] heritage the rate at which I pushed passerbys off of bridges shot up significantly.
 - Penguinx
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