Injectable Books - I don't necessarily mean hypodermic injections, but those will suffice. I would prefer to have a wireless transfer or light-beam injection. I love to read and all that, but sometimes there just isn't enough time, and sometimes when I'm over-tired it's just too much work. I think I could bet a lot more done if someone would invent a more passive way to absorb a whole book.
Remote Zapper - I would like there to be a way to electrocute someone when they ask stupid questions. I know, I know, you think that the only stupid question is the one that goes unasked. That's wrong. One stupid question was just asked in my university level psychology course. "Do we have to know this for the exam?". I can accept that question from a highschool student, but in an upper level post-secondary course, no. ZAP!
Thought-Process Forking - This one is something we are likely to end up with, albeit not necessarily in my lifetime. Once the human brain is completely understood, I believe we will see more integration with computers. We will surely have computers embedded long before that, but by "integration", I am referring to conscious integration with the embedded device. I would like to be able to think about spawning a mental "process" in order to do research, and have it do what needs doing and report back with whatever knowledge I was looking for. This might be a step towards the anihilation of our species, but I don't care. That would be awesome. For a very complete explanation, read Accelerando, by Charles Stross.
Life Extenders - I don't think it's too shocking that this would appear on a list of needed inventions! I think that a multi-pronged approach would be best, and we could start with
- Cryonics. There are supposedly already a bunch of people frozen, although a paper published by Benjamin Best at the Cryonics Institute in Michigan indicates that the possibility of being able to revive someone intact is pure speculation right now. He also mentioned that current cryonics patients are rarely frozen under the right conditions, as the process has to begin immediately after legal death by a special team. Any time that the patient has to wait before being frozen leads to increasing ischemia (lack of life-maintaining blood flow), causing a breakdown of the blood vessels, which leads to difficulty in injecting the cryoprotectant.
- Rejuvenation. Basically a fountain of youth, but in our society, I think it is more likely that something like this would be snatched up by a nasty government to use on unsuspecting workers in small doses. It might sound altruistic, but it would save them money on having their skilled workers die, causing you to lose years of experience, and requiring the retraining of someone new. I'd surely like to have a longer life, and I don't think I'm alone, but I would be concerned that there would be some horrible side effects. You get 50 more years, but the're the 50 after the first 72, and you're a super-long-living bag of weak-ass wrinkles and diaper farts. No thanks!
(more coming soon!)