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We were talking about JFK the other day and a
disagreement broke out about who shot him. One of our
party lagerously declared that it was the guy in the book
suppository which got us all laughing and joking about
books been supposited and as long as they were digital it
shouldn't be too bad.
All in all it got me thinking about
where on our bodies we might in future have a technology
interface of some kind.
Implantable chips have been with us for a while now and
hardly a year goes by without some mad scientist telling us
that one day we will all have chip implants that will do all
sorts of stuff that apparently we aren't very good at like
memorising things or monitoring health or watching videos
in the back of your head, etc.
Sci fi and the Halfbakery generally seems to assume that
any kind of interface will be in the base of the skull
presumably for direct access to the cerebral cortex which
is a fairly scary proposition.
Assuming we are going to have to have some kind of
implanted technology interface then I suggest that it
should be a USB type port on the left or right wrist
depending on handedness. This would therefore replace
the wrist watch which was also located on the wrist since it
is an easily viewable, accessible area that doesn't cause
discomfort. This interface could then accommodate
something that looks like a watch and probably even tells
the time. Removal and replacement is very simple, can be
done in public and the screen can be easily viewed.
From the greatness that is xkcd... [neutrinos_shadow, Apr 07 2011]
Little green men.
Well, all right then, lizards. [mouseposture, Apr 07 2011]
||I've said this before. I was born forty-three and a bit years ago and at that time an RS232 was probably state of the art. If i'd been implanted with one of those, by now i'd have a ridiculously low bandwidth and a massive clunky interface which was seriously out of date. I'd probably have to have something which was permanently plugged into it to use it at all, and this is the problem with data implants in human beings. You would need to upgrade them at some point before you were dead or you'd miss out big time.
||Ignoring that problem, a wireless interface of some kind would be preferable because having a bit of metal sticking out of you is an accident waiting to happen, and i am aware people have piercings, which are an example of that.
||[MB], i suggest that turquoise or beige would be good colours for a time machine because they could then blend into the general colour of the Universe and be less likely to cause paradoxes by being noticed.
||Ah - applogies, [nineteenthly], I deleted the annotation on
which you were commentating.
||/copper leached by antennae/ might suggest how
little green men with deely boppers became green.
||As regards wireless, I am not convinced since it
opens up the spectre of remote control.
||LGM are green because their evolutionary history
does not include a step where autotrophs and
heterotrophs became distinct. They both eat and
carry out photosynthesis. They glow in the dark so
they can transfer energy from other sources into the
production of carbohydrate. Hence they are green
(chlorophyll) and luminous.
||That's one theory. Another is that the autotrophs are
separate organisms which colonize the LGM. Like
|| Wolfe G _The Claw of the Conciliator_ Simon & Schuster
 Not "infect," since they're symbiotes.
||//If i'd been implanted with one of those, by now i'd have a ridiculously low bandwidth and a massive clunky interface //
Quite. An issue that was also raised in the game 'Deus Ex'.
||/Inspiration?/ Sadly not but it does imply bakedness.
||BTW, I had no idea there was a TLA for LGM. YLSNED.