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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

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I'd most want a radiation meter
  384 votes / 1%
I'd most want to be able to safely detect electric currents
  997 votes / 4%
I'd most want a built in compass
  1067 votes / 5%
I'd most want a lie detector
  8334 votes / 40%
I'd most want to see a wider color specturm
  5290 votes / 25%
I'd most want to hear a wider range of sound
  1293 votes / 6%
None of these are what I'd want (I'll explain below!)
  1430 votes / 6%
My senses are fine as they are, thanks.
  1699 votes / 8%
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

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  • by OzPeter (195038) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @02:04PM (#43215423)

    Back then: Good eyesight, good hearing
    Now: Blind in one eye, glasses for everything and hearing loss.

    All I want is to have my original senses back.

  • by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @02:12PM (#43215545) Journal

    But would it distinguish among the different classes/severities of lie, and other attempts to deceive? In some fields (politics, religion, etc.), one person's lie is another's truth. This would make it complicated for statements made in the media, such as in print or videos, or on the radio or on web-sites. Recall that to be a lie, the person uttering it must think the utterance to be false. If they truly believe the falsehood, there is no lie in speaking or writing it.

    An infallible lie detector might make us aware that we receive the unadulterated truth fairly seldom. Most people leave inconvenient truths unsaid at times, and bias the truth (often with good motives) at other times. My own opinion is that any inerrant faculty for detecting lies would lead to disillusionment and cynicism in whoever suffered from having it, likely accompanied by increased combativeness.

    Now a detector of statements contrary to fact would be much more useful than a detector of statements thought to be false. Alas, it's far less likely, and would perhaps violate some things thought to be true [wikipedia.org].

  • by CastrTroy (595695) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:23PM (#43216395) Homepage
    I'm surprised better visual acuity [wikipedia.org] wasn't on the list. I really don't care about wider colour spectrum, but it would be nice to have the eyes of an eagle. Even 20/20 isn't perfect. There's many people who can see much better than 20/20. A quick google shows that some people have 20/16 or 20/12. Which means they can read something at 20 feet, which most people would have to be at 12 feet to read. Some test subjects have gone as far as 20/8. But some species of hawk are about 20/2. I wonder what it would be like to be able to see that well.
  • by metlin (258108) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:32PM (#43216461) Journal

    Honestly? Ignoring the more crazy one, I'd love to have better spatial visualization and perception. When I work with numbers or math, I've always wished for the ability to better visualize some of these things in my head.

    I can do it to an extent - I can visualize simple equations, some elements of topology, and most stats as graphs and charts. But beyond a point, my ability to visualize things in multiple dimensions and translate that back into what that means plateaus.

    That's also one of the reasons I didn't quite pursue what I've always wanted to do -- math. I find that most people who excel at math (especially topology) are just naturally good at spatial visualization and perception, and can derive solutions visually and translate that into equations.

  • by DarthVain (724186) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @04:19PM (#43217031)

    I'd most want a radiation meter
    The odds of you actually needing one of these would exceed the threshold of usefulness. If you live in a high risk area, you can easily simply buy an instrument to measure this for you. I would think in most situations where you might be exposed to excessive radiation, you would be able to detect it just in time to know there is nothing you can do about it anyway.

    I'd most want to be able to safely detect electric currents
    Seriously? What are you a lazy electrician? A simple instrument to measure this is not only cheap, but easy to find. Why waste your senses.

    I'd most want a built in compass
    Even more lazy and silly than detecting electrical currents. Compasses are easy to find and dirt cheap. Many times free, or attached to other things. If you are worried about being in a plane accident and stranded in the wilderness, knowing where north is might help, but you have to survive the plan crash first anyway.

    I'd most want a lie detector
    The first really interesting answer. But then again, what is a lie? Does this detect truth and false, or intent. If I believe my own horseshit does that mean that I am not lying? In addition, sometimes a lie might be preferable to the truth. Do you really want to know what other people feel about you for example?

    I'd most want to see a wider color specturm
    Another interesting one, depending on your definition of "color spectrum". As has been mentioned, go far enough up or down the line and you get all sorts of powers!

    I'd most want to hear a wider range of sound
    Why? You want to hear dog whistles or something?

    None of these are what I'd want (I'll explain below!)
    Comic Book X-Ray Vision of course is the correct answer. (Selective of course, you don't want that shit on all the time! Some things are better left unseen!)

    My senses are fine as they are, thanks.
    Young and unimaginative unless they write some story about the dire ramifications of all the above...

  • by NewWorldDan (899800) <dan@gen-tracker.com> on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @05:13PM (#43217719) Homepage Journal

    My senses are still good enough, but I'd like to have my joints back the way they were when I was 17.

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