posted on May, 21 2013 @ 11:41 PM
I rather like some of the aspects that could come about via Transhumanism. Or even the Singularity.
Virtual reality interfaces where you could be 'immersed' completely in games, to include touch, smell, and the like. (I am sure porn would be in
Limb replacement or augmentation for those of us who need it. (Beyond just artificial knees/hips etc.)
Instant translation of speech and or being able to switch spoken languages at will.
Apps, like a built in your head GPS, radio, television, Telephone (a form of artificial telepathy.)
Then there is the vast library of skills right at your fingertips, like a plug in app for first aid / first responders / search and rescue. An app
that boosts your hearing so you could detect trapped people and so on.
Letting an AI think for me, I'll pass, though if it could act like Jarvis in IM1-3/Avengers and so on, to help keep me on track for those really
hectic days; I would use one.
Then there comes the need for thinkers to write all the apps, create all the virtual environments, the tech & medical side of the coin for
implementation and so on. A whole new media artistry and experience where you could could see more, and interact with the movies from inside the
The problematic area is who decides who gets to use the new technology. Is it free to everyone? Or just the rich, military, political types? Or what
happens to the people who do not opt into the Transhumanism lifestyle? Do they become merely unskilled labourers, 4th class citizens, the new proles?
Or are they forced to augment up and then work off that debt? Or is everyone forced into the upgrades regardless of the cost to society, in that the
short term cost is a long term gain for society?
Then, is there an forced 'app' install for criminals that keeps them from crime? Or an app to ensure sanity is maintained? Or another to force
people into a 'hard coded' religion? Is there a future crime app that narcs on you, or just shuts you down until you rethink your life and actions?
Or an app that lets you 'jail break' your mind and body, for good or nefarious purposes. Or how about the 'drug apps' that let you have all the
perks of a blast of hallucinogenics, without the nasty side effects.
From the stand point of immersive technologies, textiles & clothing could seem utterly drab and boring, when in the closet, but when you put it on,
you 'set' the texture, the colors, styles and messages that everyone 'sees.' Your house would look different as well, plain white and generic,
until the owner of the house or room enters, then it takes on the aspects of the holodeck, where the owner can set the mood, location and views. Your
car, could be a POS generic beater, but when you enter it, it's a Ferrari, a space ship or fighter jet? Auto drive and navigation for those times
when you need to read up on the news, or watch a show on your commute.
Long distant relationships would be a thing of the past as you could be in the same room, bed etc, through haptic sensory feedback and virtual
reality. Virtual Offices would be the norm eliminating some office buildings. Your cubical just your living room with a new skin on it.
I could see a 'controlling' dark-side elite abusing this sort of technology too, but well, any technology can be corrupted or misused. It'd be up
to society to ensure that sort of thing didn't happen.
Personally, I'd advise against any using a forced a religious app.
Too many problems with how religions don't mesh with other religions.