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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%
20494 total votes.
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If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...

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  • AR, cyberpunk style (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @01:53PM (#43215283)

    I'd obviously want an implanted computer interface. I can't believe this wasn't included.

  • by Wycliffe (116160) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @01:54PM (#43215285) Homepage

    If you could actually create a true and accurate and transparent lie detector,
    It would change the way we interact with people. It would be almost as good
    as a mind reader and would definitely change politics among other things.

  • by TrumpetPower! (190615) <> on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:09PM (#43216255) Homepage

    ...actually covers many of the other options.

    If your wider spectrum extends into gamma frequencies, there's your radiation detector.

    If it extends into infrared, you'll be able to see the heat given off by live wires, which is "good enough" generally for your electrical field detection -- assuming you're wanting to know which wire to (not) cut.

    Infrared would also let you see involuntary changes in blood flow patterns, which again should be "good enough" for your lie detector.

    If you extend the definition of "color spectrum" just enough to also include the ability to detect the polarization of light, then you can very easily determine the location of the Sun at all times during daylight (and dusk) hours, even when it's cloudy. That's again generally "good enough" for a compass.

    Doesn't do a whole lot for sound, though, I'll admit....



  • Echo-location (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Dr. Brad (19034) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:24PM (#43216399)

    Either like Daredevil, or paired with the ability to emit ultrasonic pings...

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @03:32PM (#43216457) Homepage Journal

    No, no, what they're asking for is backscatter X-ray vision.

    Personally, though, I'd rather simply be able to read people's minds, see their thoughts, and mentally speak to them while at an arbitrary distance.

    And from now on, stop playing with yourself.

  • by muridae (966931) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @08:36PM (#43219471)

    It surprises me that people want more hearing, a sense we already have several octaves of range in, versus wanting better vision. Our vision is just about a single octave; extending it to the range of our hearing (about 10 octaves) and we'd be seeing from the ultraviolet down to the middle microwave. Shift our vision down some +3 and -7 octaves around what we see now, and we'd be seeing wifi noise and microwave ovens.

    And since most of our clothing is designed to not block infrared heat from leaving, with that you would have comic book vision!

  • by arth1 (260657) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:45PM (#43220589) Homepage Journal

    It took me years to get over the cultural difference with all the platitudes after I moved to the US. I was used to answering as honestly as possible without offending, and might say "Tired; I didn't sleep much last night" when asked how I was.
    I do better now - if I feel moderately okay, I can say "fine", and if not, I can always say "How do you do" in my best European accent, and it'll be accepted as charming or eccentric.

    I do better with euphemisms too, but it took a while. I don't want to rest or take a bath; I want a pissoir or a lavatory. "Men's room" works, mostly. And I still have some trouble distinguishing "adult" from "adult". The opera is adult entertainment, no?

    I still can't do the fake smile and bubbly voice, though. Nor looking people in the eyes - that's reserved for ophthalmologists and lovers.

  • Mixed forces (Score:4, Interesting)

    by TWX (665546) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @12:08AM (#43220705)
    And here I was going to say that the compass and the electric currents ones would be mixed since the force is electromagnetism. Depending on the strength of such a sense, this could let one detect everything from whether or not there's current on a trace on a circuit board to if there's a submarine under the water beneath one's self.
  • Memory (Score:4, Interesting)

    by codeButcher (223668) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @03:43AM (#43221487)
    Perfect memory. With super-fast recall.

    And user-selectable delete, or better even, trashcan.

  • by bradley13 (1118935) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @07:06AM (#43222155) Homepage

    It would be interesting to have true color vision. Right now, you have three chemicals in your eyes, which means that you truly only see three colors. For example: your eye is unable to distinguish between true orange light and a mix of red-and-yellow that stimulates the chemicals in the same proportion. When we mix primary colors, we don't truly produce a new color - we are just fooling our measly three chemical detectors.

    Imagine if you could directly perceive hundreds or thousands of individual frequencies of light? What might the world look like?

  • by InsectOverlord (1758006) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @12:35PM (#43224843)

    Humans are amazingly bad at telling a lie from the truth (or amazingly good at telling lies).

    It has been scientifically tested [].

  • echolocation (Score:4, Interesting)

    by qwerty shrdlu (799408) on Wednesday March 20, 2013 @11:42PM (#43231145)
    Not just the puny human variety that lets you sense walls before you walk into them (sometimes), but actual bat- or dolphin- level perception of the world around you. Or even weirder, a lateral line might be fun too. []

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