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2012-08-09 12:40:03 PM
I'd almost rather say that I'd not get these implants, but it's damn hard to resist. It's almost futile.
 
2012-08-09 12:45:21 PM
Can we call them "toasters" now?
 
2012-08-09 12:46:43 PM
Paging Seven of Nine...
 
2012-08-09 12:47:41 PM
my pancreas runs on AAA batteries, so i'm getting a kick...
 
2012-08-09 12:48:29 PM
Someone kill these jackasses before we have to start sending people back in time and whatnot.
 
2012-08-09 12:49:02 PM
Thread is useless without pics.

Or even good examples.

Magnets in your fingertips? I guess.. hardly cybernetics.
 
2012-08-09 12:49:08 PM
I'm in favor of cybernetics, so long as quality and safety are strictly regulated. There is a lot of promise for enhancing the human perception of the world. These backyard grinders creep me out.
 
2012-08-09 12:49:20 PM
Not new. They've been doing this since a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.


images2.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2012-08-09 12:51:37 PM
www.joblo.com
 
2012-08-09 12:54:07 PM
Bite my shiny magnetic ass.
 
2012-08-09 12:54:44 PM
So if we know what it takes to keep a brain alive, and we can synthesis speech, and we're getting better at turning brainwave signals into computer commands, and we can make artificial lungs to oxygenate blood, and we can make artificial hearts to pump that blood, and probably artificial everything to keep the blood clean, artificial eyes, though not sophisticated yet there have been trials in people of light sensitive things that partially restore vision...

What I'm saying is how long till we really can just have a brain in a jar that is hooked up to all this stuff and still perfectly capable of communicating? Also how long can a brain live? If we take out death caused by failure of all the other organs so the only thing left is the brain... how long could it live?

Yeah, I'm going to go full cyborg. You may never go full cyborg, but I will. I'll be stepping on the skulls of your descendants and shooting up their descendants with lasers...
 
2012-08-09 12:54:47 PM
Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation of the so-called blush response? Fluctuation of the pupil. Involuntary dilation of the iris?
 
2012-08-09 12:57:39 PM
I'm getting there. Self pic of me making a point on the internet. Yes, I know it's a useless gesture.

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2012-08-09 12:57:49 PM
images1.wikia.nocookie.net

This guy is on board!

/and hot!
 
2012-08-09 12:58:28 PM

Slaxl:

Yeah, I'm going to go full cyborg. You may never go full cyborg, but I will. I'll be stepping on the skulls of your descendants and shooting up their descendants with lasers...


I thought you were never supposed to go full cyborg.
 
2012-08-09 12:58:32 PM
all well and good, but how bout a bionic knee? mines been aching for years now.
/seriously... hook me up with that - i don't need or want an i-phone implanted in my skull - just fix my damn knee.
 
2012-08-09 01:02:01 PM
We have the technology. We can rebuild him.

Faster, stronger, better than before.
 
2012-08-09 01:02:44 PM

inner ted: all well and good, but how bout a bionic knee? mines been aching for years now.
/seriously... hook me up with that - i don't need or want an i-phone implanted in my skull - just fix my damn knee.


I would like all my teeth replaced with something like an i-phone.
 
2012-08-09 01:02:52 PM

Slaxl: What I'm saying is how long till we really can just have a brain in a jar that is hooked up to all this stuff and still perfectly capable of communicating?


c727752.r52.cf2.rackcdn.com
 
2012-08-09 01:04:27 PM

neversubmit: I would like all my teeth replaced with something like an i-phone.


images.wikia.com
 
2012-08-09 01:04:43 PM
cdn.screenrant.com
 
2012-08-09 01:09:29 PM
These guys were fringe even among the hardest of hardcore piercers.

If they're mainstreaming, I think that means piercings have peaked.

//I realized they peaked were I am at least 5 years ago. I swear I see more people with a "weird" piercing than without.
 
2012-08-09 01:11:12 PM
implanting pieces of metal into their fingertips

Hell, I did that in High School Shop forty years ago. Not on purpose, of course.

/before it was cool
 
2012-08-09 01:12:26 PM

stonicus: neversubmit: I would like all my teeth replaced with something like an i-phone.

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Nah, I still want to be able to use them as teeth.
 
2012-08-09 01:13:35 PM
can anyone parse that last line? What's he trying to say?

One man told Popper, "I've been in the special forces. I know what the limits of the human body are like. Once you've seen the capabilities of a 5000psi hydraulic system, it's no comparison."
 
2012-08-09 01:17:15 PM
It'll be all good until The Church of the Re-transfiguration shows up.
 
2012-08-09 01:17:52 PM

Sofa King Smart: can anyone parse that last line? What's he trying to say?

One man told Popper, "I've been in the special forces. I know what the limits of the human body are like. Once you've seen the capabilities of a 5000psi hydraulic system, it's no comparison."


He wants that power.
 
2012-08-09 01:17:59 PM

Matthew Keene: I'm getting there. Self pic of me making a point on the internet. Yes, I know it's a useless gesture.

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You mean the glasses, for artificially enhanced vision? Other than that, I see only a bunch of useless metal junk stuck in your face.
 
2012-08-09 01:18:23 PM

BojanglesPaladin: Thread is useless without pics.

Or even good examples.

Magnets in your fingertips? I guess.. hardly cybernetics.


raclab.com

^ My ring finger

I've had it for a few years now and it kicks arse. I can feel electrical currents running through cables, microwaves, electric motors, car ignition coils, that thing that deactivates the security tags at the checkout. I can also levitate paper clips, detect magnets where they're not visible, throw off smartphone compasses, etc.

I wouldn't consider it to be cybernetic unless it had some sort of external electronic interface. Some people were experimenting with various applications of this... "sight" for the blind through feeling electromagnetic signals created by an optical sensor, for example. I'd like an emitter tied to an RPM sensor in my car to give me a buzz at red line.
 
2012-08-09 01:19:04 PM
Tell me about your mother.
 
2012-08-09 01:20:19 PM
What's a tortoise?
 
2012-08-09 01:22:28 PM

jake_lex: What's a tortoise?


You know what a turtle is?
 
2012-08-09 01:26:46 PM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: jake_lex: What's a tortoise?

You know what a turtle is?


Less than two lesbians.
 
2012-08-09 01:28:51 PM
They told me there would be no tests.
 
2012-08-09 01:30:23 PM

shuko: I've had it for a few years now and it kicks arse. I can feel electrical currents running through cables, microwaves, electric motors, car ignition coils, that thing that deactivates the security tags at the checkout. I can also levitate paper clips, detect magnets where they're not visible, throw off smartphone compasses, etc.


Which I'm sure is very neat. (Seriously, no snark). But using something available for the last many thousands of years doesn't really strike as "expanding the capabilites of the human body" type stuff. After all, you can do these things by HOLDING a magnet too. You've just ensure you always have one on you.

I was expecting at least homebrew DYI hearing aids or something. Hell, Rush Limbaugh with his cochlear implant and my Granny with a pacemaker is more of a "cyborg".

shuko: I wouldn't consider it to be cybernetic unless it had some sort of external electronic interface. Some people were experimenting with various applications of this... "sight" for the blind through feeling electromagnetic signals created by an optical sensor, for example. I'd like an emitter tied to an RPM sensor in my car to give me a buzz at red line.


Which would be cool, But this does not seem to be that.

I am disapoint. Wanted to see some jacked up wires sticking out of peoples arms or something.
 
2012-08-09 01:32:11 PM
25.media.tumblr.com
 
2012-08-09 01:32:12 PM
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-09 01:32:50 PM
Metal is better than meat.
 
2012-08-09 01:44:07 PM
images.wikia.com

Approves
 
2012-08-09 01:44:43 PM

Matthew Keene: I'm getting there. Self pic of me making a point on the internet. Yes, I know it's a useless gesture.

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Do you have to spend extra effort eating? Do you have trouble eating soup without the spoon clanging into your lower lip piercings?

What about blowing your nose? Does the septum piercing get really gross when you have a cold?

Genuinely curious.

If non visible metal implants are the future, MRIs are going to be even more fun than now.
 
2012-08-09 01:50:13 PM
That's ok.

www.coolshite.net
 
2012-08-09 01:55:44 PM

Matthew Keene: I'm getting there. Self pic of me making a point on the internet. Yes, I know it's a useless gesture.

i.imgur.com


this is what mental illness looks like.

come on. seriously, dude? wtf is the point of all that bullshiat?

/awaiting the shiatstorm on how awesomely adjusted this fella is, how great at his job, how his SO loves all that bullshiat poking out of his face, yadda yadda
 
2012-08-09 02:10:43 PM

dj_bigbird: [cdn.screenrant.com image 570x427]


I pray they reach the GITS level of technology/cyborg ability before I'm too old to be considered. I have a spinal injury, multiple joint issues and recurrent tendonitis. I will happily give up the meat suit for a few decades of kick ass cyborg living, don't even mind if I have to work for the gov't since it can't be much worse than being in the Army. Just as long as I can feel/smell/hear things still.
 
2012-08-09 02:30:16 PM
Ah, cyberpsychosis. I remember thee well.
 
2012-08-09 02:36:36 PM

shuko: BojanglesPaladin: Thread is useless without pics.

Or even good examples.

Magnets in your fingertips? I guess.. hardly cybernetics.

[raclab.com image 382x362]

^ My ring finger

I've had it for a few years now and it kicks arse. I can feel electrical currents running through cables, microwaves, electric motors, car ignition coils, that thing that deactivates the security tags at the checkout. I can also levitate paper clips, detect magnets where they're not visible, throw off smartphone compasses, etc.

I wouldn't consider it to be cybernetic unless it had some sort of external electronic interface. Some people were experimenting with various applications of this... "sight" for the blind through feeling electromagnetic signals created by an optical sensor, for example. I'd like an emitter tied to an RPM sensor in my car to give me a buzz at red line.


I've been thinking about getting this done for awhile, I've found it fascinating since I first heard of it. I'd like to bombard you with questions, but mostly I just want to know whether it's actually functionable as a current detecting device or more of just a novelty and if it's caused any complications in day to day life. So... does it work as advertised? And... which finger should you go with? I've been considering my left middle finger. And... I'll stop there, but I've been enthralled by the idea since I initially heard of it when I was still really into piercings. I don't know anyone personally who's had it done, but expanding your senses like that... that's awesome. The only thing I'm kind of worried about is the fact that I weight lift six times a week and I can't imagine a "sticky" finger during explosive lifts like cleans or snatches.

I've been looking for someone to perform the procedure, my normal piercer looked like she wanted to faint when I inquired about it with her(well, actually I just kind of dumped the materials on the table and asked if she could do it, I think the signed waiver threw her off a bit) so I'll have to find someone else to perform the procedure. I've studied it in and out, but I just can't bring myself to actually do it to my own hand even after acquiring everything(including lidocaine, but I'm not too sure how much that'll help once the initial incision is made), much like I could never do my own piercings despite knowing the process very well and being able to do them fine on others. None of the equipment has ever been out of the sterile bags, it's just sitting in my medical bag waiting for someone to handle it. I sourced the magnet first, I don't know if it's still the style used for the procedure, I may have to source another.

And now I'm off to see what else they've managed to cook up in the last few years.

/but really, which finger would you recommend?
//and is it functional?
///and... I'll stop there.
 
2012-08-09 02:56:46 PM

JonnyBlack: shuko: BojanglesPaladin: Thread is useless without pics.

Or even good examples.

Magnets in your fingertips? I guess.. hardly cybernetics.

[raclab.com image 382x362]

^ My ring finger

I've had it for a few years now and it kicks arse. I can feel electrical currents running through cables, microwaves, electric motors, car ignition coils, that thing that deactivates the security tags at the checkout. I can also levitate paper clips, detect magnets where they're not visible, throw off smartphone compasses, etc.

I wouldn't consider it to be cybernetic unless it had some sort of external electronic interface. Some people were experimenting with various applications of this... "sight" for the blind through feeling electromagnetic signals created by an optical sensor, for example. I'd like an emitter tied to an RPM sensor in my car to give me a buzz at red line.

I've been thinking about getting this done for awhile, I've found it fascinating since I first heard of it. I'd like to bombard you with questions, but mostly I just want to know whether it's actually functionable as a current detecting device or more of just a novelty and if it's caused any complications in day to day life. So... does it work as advertised? And... which finger should you go with? I've been considering my left middle finger. And... I'll stop there, but I've been enthralled by the idea since I initially heard of it when I was still really into piercings. I don't know anyone personally who's had it done, but expanding your senses like that... that's awesome. The only thing I'm kind of worried about is the fact that I weight lift six times a week and I can't imagine a "sticky" finger during explosive lifts like cleans or snatches.

I've been looking for someone to perform the procedure, my normal piercer looked like she wanted to faint when I inquired about it with her(well, actually I just kind of dumped the materials on the table and asked if she could do it, I think the signed waiver threw he ...


here, read this . . . there's also a video of her presentation.

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/12/transcending-the-human-diy-s t yle/
 
2012-08-09 02:58:32 PM

frepnog:

this is what mental illness looks like.



This is what Metal Health looks like.

ecx.images-amazon.com

Come on, feel the noise.
 
2012-08-09 03:03:16 PM

meat0918: These guys were fringe even among the hardest of hardcore piercers.

If they're mainstreaming, I think that means piercings have peaked.

//I realized they peaked were I am at least 5 years ago. I swear I see more people with a "weird" piercing than without.


Was gonna say, didn't Shannon Larratt and some of the big names on "BMEZine" back in the day experiment with this a bunch of times? I know several of them posted about putting the things in and then having to remove them as the capsules disintegrated and whatnot...

I guess they've improved the casings since then?
 
2012-08-09 03:27:03 PM
Wasn't there a story on FARK last year about a kid who was having an arm he lost replaced with some sort of highly advanced prosthetic? IIRC it even had a form of sensory feedback so he would have something like a sense of touch.
 
2012-08-09 03:37:55 PM

Slaxl: So if we know what it takes to keep a brain alive, and we can synthesis speech, and we're getting better at turning brainwave signals into computer commands, and we can make artificial lungs to oxygenate blood, and we can make artificial hearts to pump that blood, and probably artificial everything to keep the blood clean, artificial eyes, though not sophisticated yet there have been trials in people of light sensitive things that partially restore vision...

What I'm saying is how long till we really can just have a brain in a jar that is hooked up to all this stuff and still perfectly capable of communicating? Also how long can a brain live? If we take out death caused by failure of all the other organs so the only thing left is the brain... how long could it live?

Yeah, I'm going to go full cyborg. You may never go full cyborg, but I will. I'll be stepping on the skulls of your descendants and shooting up their descendants with lasers...


behance.vo.llnwd.net
 
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