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Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby KrazyerKate » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:31 pm UTC

Imagine a world where we could change our bodies in any way we see fit. You want another pair of eyes? A sixth finger? A third boob a la Total Recall? All made possible by Sciencetm! All the software necessary comes along with the changes, meaning that when you add/remove/modify body parts, your brain can still keep up with what's going on. Given enough eyes, your brain could handle 360 degree vision. Given a second heart, your brain would be able to operate the second just as well as it does the first.

How do you think society would change? What would you want to change on your body?

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:43 pm UTC

Four arms. I would be able to play lead and rythym guitar at the same time. This would be awesome in all senses of the term.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Jessica » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:44 pm UTC

I'm not sure. Other than a few specific body mods I'm already planning on getting, I don't know what I'd get.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby SecondTalon » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:49 pm UTC

Higher definition eyes. Much higher. Crazy high. Telescope in one eye, microscope in the other. I want both eyes to record video and save it to a couple of terabyte solid state drives powered by my glucose. I want wireless so I can dump the data and not have a strange port that could cause an infection.

Oh, and I want to smell vaguely of fresh chocolate bread at all times. Very faintly, mind you.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:53 pm UTC

Well, psh, if we're going out to that extreme, I want to have retractable knives in my hands, extra muscle fiber to increase strength, and the ability to erase memories permanently.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby broken_escalator » Tue Aug 31, 2010 8:56 pm UTC

I'd like an uplink to things like wiki and dictionary.com so I can look up things on the fly. I hate remembering something I've read but can't quite remember it enough to accurately describe it to someone in conversation.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Slavaa » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:07 pm UTC

All the changes I want would probably be fairly imperceptible.

Definitely would like the two hearts thing, maybe double up other important things, too.

Make my stomach bigger, I get full really fast and it's kind of embarrassing to have a junior bacon cheeseburger and be too full for my small fries. I'm dismally thin (is that possible) anyway.

I'd fix up my eyes but keep wearing glasses. Possibly projector/recorder super-computer-glasses. Glasses are so sexy. I would also change the colours. One green, one purple. Brown is boring.

I'd get more independent control for my fingers, especially my pinkie. I am entirely unable to play guitar hero past easy.

That's all I can think of right now. Plus a little muscle everywhere, I'm pretty wimpy.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Incompetent » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:10 pm UTC

A second body on remote control (with a strong enough connection that I'd have the same sophistication and speed of senses/action as with the original). Think of the possibilities!

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Link » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:16 pm UTC

Assuming no downsides and unlimited remodelling as I see fit..:
-Four arms. Two is far too limiting even today.
-Two opposable thumbs per hand (one in the current location, the other next to, or instead of the pinky).
-Pentachromatic eyesight, with extra receptors for infrared and low ultraviolet.
-Binary vascular system and respiratory bypass, as seen on Doctor Who.
-Specialised pH-sensing receptor cells in skin.
-Very broad-range zooming eyes.
-Partial chitinous exoskeleton to protect vital organs.
-Bioluminescent cells in my fingertips.
-Fine-tuned caloric intake control, so I can eat whatever I like without putting on weight.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby stevey_frac » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:22 pm UTC

I'd opt for more brain power, quicker reflexes, denser bones.

I'd also like a module in which I could activate my mitochondria to produce more heat on command, also some sort of radiator for my blood. Thus, i could activate my mitochondria to produce heat, then pump heat out into the world. Talk about super effective, and easy weight loss on demand. Today I burned 20k calories! yay!

That would make my cutting cycles in weightlifting SO MUCH EASIER.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Sockmonkey » Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:53 pm UTC

Hmm, it kind of depends on the tech level of artificial parts. If they're better than the available organic mods and no more difficult to maintain than my current body then I'd probably go full metal. Maybe even replace the neurons in some sections of my brain with artificial ones that work by quantumn computing. Imagine what that would do for you hand-eye coordination or spatial recognition abilities. If the neurons could be swapped out one at a time quickly enough not to "kill" me I'd probably do that with the whole brain so I wouldn't need a life-support module for it.
Otherwise I'd probably opt for a mix.
Artificial materials added for increased bone strength, temp/radiation/electrical insulation, impact resistance, and shock absorbtion.
On the organic end, aside from redundant organ systems I'd probably want the whole grab bag of sensory abilities including electromagnetic sensing and echolcation.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Josephine » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:07 pm UTC

I'd upload my mind and put it into a nanobot swarm. That way I don't have to choose.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby TommyTumnus » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:09 pm UTC

Really, I'd just want the ability to change at will for whatever's necessary, and then being able to change back, because let's face it: four arms are cumbersome when, say, riding a bike, or reading, etc.

For the sake of this discussion, though, I'd mostly be interested in simply fine-tuning all the parts I already have. Evolution seems to have gotten basic form down decently, so improvements on that would suffice for me. Stronger muscles that don't easily atrophy, faster reflexes, denser bones, and maybe some changes to the way our bodies automatically do things. Just because I don't eat for most of a particular day doesn't mean I'm going to starve, so don't store most of what I eat next away!

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Josephine » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:17 pm UTC

For a more interesting answer, I'd get a significant portion of my blood replaced with something much more efficient. The mitochondria thing someone talked about earlier would be cool. Or maybe just something to control how much my intestines absorb.

4 arms would be cool as well. But huge muscles on my shoulderblades and a pair of wings would be awesome.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Oregonaut » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:20 pm UTC

You'd also need abs and gluts of steel, not to mention non-existent legs. Otherwise the best you could do is fly straight up, and flare your wings hoping that you can land after having basically jumped high.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby meatyochre » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:32 pm UTC

Wings. I'm going to fly, goddammit.

A 100% efficient internal waste system so I never have to pee or poop again, but I can also eat or drink as much as I want without gaining weight.

The ability to change eyecolor at will.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Levi » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:53 pm UTC

I'm not sure how you're going to manage to not have to ever defecate even with a 100% efficient system. You'd have either eat very little, or choose another way to remove waste.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby meatyochre » Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:58 pm UTC

it's science fiction :x
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Postby Sandry » Tue Aug 31, 2010 11:00 pm UTC

Levi wrote:I'm not sure how you're going to manage to not have to ever defecate even with a 100% efficient system. You'd have either eat very little, or choose another way to remove waste.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Brickmack » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:00 am UTC

Hmm. I would:
Get new eyes (so I won't have to wear glasses) and they would have color changing abilities
upgrade my brain so I have built in wifi capabilities where I can view websites in my brain
Have all of my bones covered in strengthening material to prevent breaking
Remove my nose's snot making abilities and replace with some other bacteria-killing system that does not produce mucus (but leave my nose on my face, I like having a nose)
Have a usb hub mounted in my left arm (with a flash drive implanted under my skin already)
Fill my blood with nanobots to repair damage or fight disease
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Postby BoomFrog » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:07 am UTC

KrazyerKate wrote:How do you think society would change? What would you want to change on your body?

I think body modding would become intrinsic to fashion. "Oh horns are SO last year..." I think there would be jobs that required certain mods, "You're going to need the three hour lungs and reinforced skull, OSHA requires it." Mods would also visibly divide the rich and poor, but no more so then clothes do. Although cheap knock off mods could be dangerous. Clothes may be replaced all together if bodies are changeable enough. Some mods like fire breath may be illegal without a permit, or completely illegal outside the military.

Personally, I'd get a couple practical things like, a runners physique, maybe extra strong legs for jumping, and hands for grabbing so I could run/parkor to wherever I'm going. No more need for bikes or parking spaces.

I'd get tentacles before I got extra arms, although best would be to have two "ports" and a closet of accessories like arms, wings, laser cannons, ect. Maybe get some organs rearranged and some monkey feet so that I can sleep hanging upside down from a bar or tree branch. Also a lot of stuff others have said already.

meatyochre wrote:A 100% efficient internal waste system so I never have to pee or poop again, but I can also eat or drink as much as I want without gaining weight.

Maybe you could have your poop smell vaguely of fresh chocolate bread? :twisted:
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby KrazyerKate » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:30 am UTC

BoomFrog wrote:I think there would be jobs that required certain mods, "You're going to need the three hour lungs and reinforced skull, OSHA requires it." Mods would also visibly divide the rich and poor, but no more so then clothes do. Although cheap knock off mods could be dangerous.

Maybe the richest of the rich are the only ones that can afford to appear fully human. While construction workers are getting exoskeletons and code-monkeys are getting ports to connect with the computer, the millionaires are enjoying life in their god-given bodies, no mods needed.


Some mods like fire breath may be illegal without a permit, or completely illegal outside the military.

Something else I hadn't thought about. There's probably going to be age restrictions on a lot of the mods. I can think of all sorts of ways to ruin a child's life by forcing them to get certain mods.

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Postby tastelikecoke » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:33 am UTC

If there's a ability I want... it's Double Jump! You can now jump in mid air! I don't know how would you explain it in body parts... But it's fiction!

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Incompetent » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:34 am UTC

BoomFrog wrote:Maybe you could have your poop smell vaguely of fresh chocolate bread? :twisted:


After a while you'd associate the smell of fresh chocolate bread with pooping. Not good.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:36 am UTC

Since I'm diabetic, the first thing on my wish list would be a new pancreas. After that:

* A calculator in my brain. I'm a reasonably good mathematician, but rubbish at mental arithmetic.
* Hard drive for the brain. Having an eidetic memory would be cool.
* Diamond skeleton.
* Synthetic heart which is stronger than an organic one.
* More efficient lungs + blood with higher oxygen capacity.
* Mechanically assisted muscles. This, combined with the previous two things would make a person better than an olympic athlete overnight.
* Instant healing and halted ageing, achievable with nanobots made of impossiblium.
* Synthetic eyeballs with:
** IR and UV vision
** Telescopic and microscopic vision
** Flashlight
* Wings. With the aforementioned muscle augmentations, you might be able to fly without having the wings ridiculously big. Especially if the diamond skeleton is hollow.

No brain wifi for me, I'd be too paranoid about it getting hacked Ghost In The Shell style.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Vapour » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:37 am UTC

A mod that would let me curl up in a ball, spam B, supercharge myself then roll in the desired direction in a blur of blue.

Strong legs for running and extreme stamina


SlyReaper wrote:Since I'm diabetic, the first thing on my wish list would be a new pancreas. After that:

* A calculator in my brain. I'm a reasonably good mathematician, but rubbish at mental arithmetic.
* Hard drive for the brain. Having an eidetic memory would be cool.
* Diamond skeleton.
* Synthetic heart which is stronger than an organic one.
* More efficient lungs + blood with higher oxygen capacity.
* Mechanically assisted muscles. This, combined with the previous two things would make a person better than an olympic athlete overnight.
* Instant healing and halted ageing, achievable with nanobots made of impossiblium.
* Synthetic eyeballs with:
** IR and UV vision
** Telescopic and microscopic vision
** Flashlight
* Wings. With the aforementioned muscle augmentations, you might be able to fly without having the wings ridiculously big. Especially if the diamond skeleton is hollow.

No brain wifi for me, I'd be too paranoid about it getting hacked Ghost In The Shell style.



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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby hemhhr » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:40 am UTC

My first thought was, "record audio so I can relisten to conversations."
My second thought was, "I can already do that."
My third thought was, "I should think about what impossible things I would like to be able to do on a regular basis, perhaps every day, to find possible things."

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Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:40 am UTC

Vapour wrote:A mod that would let me curl up in a ball, spam B, supercharge myself then roll in the desired direction in a blur of blue.

Strong legs for running and extreme stamina


SlyReaper wrote:Since I'm diabetic, the first thing on my wish list would be a new pancreas. After that:

* A calculator in my brain. I'm a reasonably good mathematician, but rubbish at mental arithmetic.
* Hard drive for the brain. Having an eidetic memory would be cool.
* Diamond skeleton.
* Synthetic heart which is stronger than an organic one.
* More efficient lungs + blood with higher oxygen capacity.
* Mechanically assisted muscles. This, combined with the previous two things would make a person better than an olympic athlete overnight.
* Instant healing and halted ageing, achievable with nanobots made of impossiblium.
* Synthetic eyeballs with:
** IR and UV vision
** Telescopic and microscopic vision
** Flashlight
* Wings. With the aforementioned muscle augmentations, you might be able to fly without having the wings ridiculously big. Especially if the diamond skeleton is hollow.

No brain wifi for me, I'd be too paranoid about it getting hacked Ghost In The Shell style.



Saw these and thought Deus Ex.
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Honestly, the main reason I want eyeball flashlights is to impersonate goa'uld system lords from Stargate. I'd need a voicebox augmentation too.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Vapour » Wed Sep 01, 2010 9:53 am UTC

Flashlight eyes would be pretty cool, I must admit.

Night time reading, late night excursions, blinding people for a quick escape etc.

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby KrazyerKate » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:38 am UTC

SlyReaper wrote:* Mechanically assisted muscles. This, combined with the previous two things would make a person better than an olympic athlete overnight.

I suppose in a society where we can custom-build our bodies, The Olympics would become more like NASCAR: a competition of engineers, not of athletes.

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Postby Plasma Man » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:39 am UTC

Switchable hair: I want to be able to choose whether my hair grows or not. I could hold my hair and beard at the ideal length. For an added bonus, I'd make it prehensile, so I could style it mentally.
Sleep mode: Being able to mentally command myself to sleep. This would also include an internal alarm clock that automatically adjusts for daylights saving time, time zones etc.
Expanded and enhanced senses: I don't just want perfect vision, I want to be able to zoom, add filters and see outside the visible spectrum. Likewise for hearing, I want to be able to use echolocation and a greater range of pitch. For smell, as well as just improved sniffing, I want much better ability to distinguish between odours and to be able to track them. Greater tactile sensitivity would be great for touch, imagine being able to dial the sensitivity of any body part up or down :wink:
Teeth would get a regeneration factor, while the throat would get an anti-choking mechanism. I'd also give myself perfect pitch when singing, humming, whistling, etc.
Improved lung and heart capacity, plus concealed gills in my back. Those that want wings can have them, I'm going to swim free round coral reefs.
Improved digestion: No more indigestion, heartburn, burping or flatulence, plus the ability to neutralise poisons and kill off infections.
Super immune system: It will seek out and destroy all unwanted bacteria and viruses, it will also eliminate cancers, keep my brain free from amyloid plaques and other similar duties. It will never turn on me and start attacking my body.
General musculo-skeletal enhancement, focusing on functionality and durability rather than aesthetics.
An off switch for pain: If I've hurt my finger, I know about it. It doesn't need to keep throbbing for ten minutes for me to get that. I'd just switch it off for half an hour.
An off switch for itches.
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Postby Adacore » Wed Sep 01, 2010 10:58 am UTC

Plasma Man wrote:Sleep mode: Being able to mentally command myself to sleep. This would also include an internal alarm clock that automatically adjusts for daylights saving time, time zones etc.

I'd prefer just to get rid of the sleep requirement entirely. Have some auxiliary brain system to do the mental filing or whatever sleep is needed for in parallel as a background process. It's always pissed me off that I have to waste a third of my life lying around unconscious (I've gone through phases where it's annoyed me so much I've tried to cut down sleep as much as possible, which normally results in me crashing and burning after a few weeks).

Also, what's the purpose of the denser bones so many people seem to want? Am I missing something? I'd have thought less dense but stronger bones would be preferable, along with an improved nervous system and muscular system, to improve your reflexes and strength while keeping you light and agile. Some kind of carbon composite, perhaps. Or a future unobtanium alloy.

Nervous system mods in general would be pretty cool - selective pain regulation, as Plasma Man mentioned, but other things as well. Being able to 'script' or perfectly automate certain sequences or motions, so you can instantly learn any skill that requires pure motor memory. Musical instruments or martial arts would be a breeze, for example.

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Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:16 am UTC

Adacore wrote:Also, what's the purpose of the denser bones so many people seem to want? Am I missing something? I'd have thought less dense but stronger bones would be preferable, along with an improved nervous system and muscular system, to improve your reflexes and strength while keeping you light and agile. Some kind of carbon composite, perhaps. Or a future unobtanium alloy.


That's why I said diamond skeleton. It's actually slightly less dense than bone.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Popidge » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:36 am UTC

I find it hard to believe how many men have posted in this thread so far, and yet none of you has said the obvious "Massive Dong" choice would immediately be exercised.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 11:39 am UTC

Clearly, the men in this forum aren't that insecure about their manhood.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Adacore » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:49 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Clearly, the men in this forum aren't that insecure about their manhood.

I honestly didn't even think of it before, but if you're going to go into sexual organs, there are much more interesting things you could do than merely making the existing equipment bigger...

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:58 pm UTC

Make it smaller? Invert it and become a lady? Turn it blue? Install an on-off switch?

Actually that last one would be quite useful when you need to go pee after waking up in the morning.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Plasma Man » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:07 pm UTC

Well, the obvious thing would be a vibrate function, but there are attachments that can approximate that already. An on / off switch would be fairly useful, though. The thing is that if we started a penis enlargement arms race, it would doubtless continue until half the population had a balance problem.
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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby Adacore » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:15 pm UTC

And you've not even started talking about multiples, or the option of having both male and female genitalia. The on-off switch thing would be a decent start, though. Hell, maybe make it a fully variable size- and stiffness-scale?

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Re: Science Fiction: Body Parts

Postby SlyReaper » Wed Sep 01, 2010 1:15 pm UTC

Plasma Man wrote:Well, the obvious thing would be a vibrate function, but there are attachments that can approximate that already. An on / off switch would be fairly useful, though. The thing is that if we started a penis enlargement arms race, it would doubtless continue until half the population had a balance problem.
If that were true, every woman in the world would already be arms racing for bigger breast enlargements. I don't think a penile arms race is much of a concern, but I'm sure it will be possible in the future to surgically embiggen one's winky and some guys will jump at the chance.
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