You can have an organ or feature of any multicellular organism implanted in your body. What is it, why do you want it and how would you use it?
I'd probably want a tail with features similar to other primates. I'd use it for better balance, and also wag it to demonstrate I'm happy or excited. It would probably need some fur, otherwise it would look hideous. I don't think any tail can really support my whole 90kg adult body, but it would certainly make it easier to climb trees and other stuff. Not that I have a need to climb, but I might give a try if I had a tail.
And it might also come in handy to swing a Brazilian hammock or hold a cold beverage.
I'd take ageless, cancer free cells like you see in a number of invertebrates. I'm sure I'd eventually die from something else, but an eternally young and sexually mature body sounds pretty good to me.
Are you sure?.
I mean, my hair isn't quite that thin, but for functional eternal youth, I'd take being (more) pink, bald and wrinkly.
Much as I dislike the visuals, I can totally get behind two human-sized rat-like creatures fucking the brains out of each other for 300 years straight 'cause sex rocks.
I'd like asexual reproduction, mostly because I think it would be really funny to have hundreds of copies of myself running around.
edit: If Calvin and Hobbes have taught me anything though, maybe not such a great idea
Kind of the premise of Living with Yourself.
No spoilers, but yeah, it's complicated!
It would be basically like masturbating, except when you’re done there’s another person in the room. The whole thing is pretty crazy. What would you even talk about? It’s not like you could deny what you were just doing.
Good point. Would they look like me now or me at birth? If they look like me now, are they thinking the same as I am now or thinking like me at birth? Do they appear with clothes? This could get pricey real quickly
I think it'd be really cool if I could have some kind of plants growing from my skin instead of hair (but maybe keep the head hair). Moss could be nice. I'd have to be really delicate with it though.
Changing the patterns on my skin at will or with mood would be fun, I've been wanting the ability to do long-term temporary tattoos and that could fulfill that urge.
I think having two hearts like a Space Marine or the Doctor would be pretty useful. You can maintain full vital functions with the loss of one of them, it helps you survive in low oxygen environments, and withstand traumatic injuries better. Sounds like a good deal to me.
Just curious, how does having a second heart do this?
In Warhammer 40k lore it does it by being able to move larger volumes of oxygen throughout the body. No idea if that's how it would work in real life.
I almost went "telepathy!", but no creature on Earth has that... :(
... well ... that we know of.
I'm not sure telepathy would be much different from speaking or texting, which are forms of communication at distance.
I'd go with 'amoeba' or 'incubus' kind of for the hell of it, but then I realized one is a single-cell organism (and the science to make a human-sized slime-being would be really hard) and one is fictional (and not exactly the most practical choice).
The ability to hibernate, or rather, the ability to aestivate (summer hibernation).
Just skip the summer, it's way too hot anyway.
Also, maybe something like more efficient kidneys like some sea animals have, so I wouldn't be drinking water all day.
If we're getting real crazy: eyes sensitive to low light conditions, or sensitive to UV. Definitely not more sensitive ears since I'm already going nuts from printer/fluorescent tube noise that nobody else seems to hear.
And, maybe tree-level lifetime? Stick around for a hundred years or more, maybe growing a little a lot slower.
Wouldn’t you move super slow as a result?
Already do, so I don't see the difference ;)
Mega naps sound amazing. But then I'd just nap all the time.
Again, already kind of do. My longest sleep is 19 hours I think. (just was really tired)
I'd definitely go with wings if that counts, like if we can get extinct organisms' organs implanted and if wings counts as implanting.
Otherwise, I think I'd go with night vision eyes. That'd be really cool.
Do you run a regular basis
No not super often. Not really at all, even!
There's a pretty great meme that if flying was as laborious as running we'd probably never do it
Omg you're so right! And people would do it for just exercise too
My top choices would be:
Gills from fish
Night vision (or more specifically more flexible pupils) from cats or the like.
Gills would be nice for deepwater navigation even if the rest needs to be equipment and you can't actually go too deep thanks to pressure.
Hawk-like vision would be nice for spotting stuff from afar and not needing glasses, even if I still had myopia.
Night vision would be good for seeing in the night although half of me suspects that limitation is one of the best things for good sleep.
Drug gland, then you can really stick it to Big Pharma! :)
There's probably some slime stuff that can rearrange it's internals so that I would never have to be in an uncomfortable position, adjust my own skeletomuscular system to destress, fun stuff.
Runner ups would be something that can fly or something extravagant like a peacock tail, but I'd probably use it once and regret getting it afterwards.
Slime molds! They are surprisingly intelligent, although maybe efficient would be a better descriptor? Fascinating creatures.
Fluff? I know this is ~talk, but still...
While Tildes strives for great factual content, it is still not Stack Overflow (nor I think it should be).
To me, the problem is not that this topic is not factual, it's that it's low effort.
What do you mean with "low effort"? Is posting a link high effort?
I meant low effort as in "doesn't require much thought in order to post a comment".
Tildes has tons of “low effort” conversational posts that don’t seem to bother anyone. A few examples:
Can't say I'm a huge fan of most of these. I know I could simply unsubscribe from ~talk, though.
Those of us with tag editing could also start making an effort to tag topics with "casual" or "serious" depending on which they are... that way you wouldn't have to unsub from ~talk, and could just filter out the "casual" discussions instead. Thoughts?
That's probably a good solution, although tag filters apply to tildes globally, so there is a risk of false positives.
That said, I can perfectly ignore the few threads I don't like. It's not like there are 50 a day.
We could make it more specific by using talk.casual/serious as the tags instead (or something similar). But if you think just using the ignore feature is sufficient, that's fine too. Your call... but I don't mind adding some additional tags if they will help people. :)
Let's see if other people ask for it :)
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