How can we get our own superpowers? Is exposure to radioactivity a reliable way to go, or cosmic rays, or toxic waste? Perhaps gadget-assisted powers are more within reach.
Discuss your theories, successes, and near-successes in the comments. Also: what power do you most want, and what do you plan to use it for?
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Only 2 "powers" have ever been of interest to me.
Immortality & reading minds.
Knowing what people are thinking, would be sweet.
Particularly when they have a blank look on their face at the end of a meeting.
I would like to have the ability to consciounselly (sorry for spelling) change my dna into what I what and for the effects to take immediate effect.
My two favorite super heroes are iron man and bat man, so I might be a bit biased towards some form of suit enhancement or excessive gadgetry. I think everyone will agree that exposing oneself to toxic waste, cosmic rays, or radiation in order to stimulate a useful trait won’t work, and is just a plain bad idea.
As for plausibility, in my opinion genetics or other alterations to the body are a bit more plausible at the moment, although I don’t think suits are far behind. Exoskeletons have already been made, the largest problem is the power source used to run them. Either way I hope someone finds a way to make me fly without a plane or cumbersome jetpack.
My picks for getting super powers...
- Cybernetics implants
- Nano-bot implants
- Customized Gene Modifying Viruses
- Digital Thought Wave Input
We provide a DNA sample to the local Gene merchant, who's viral replicator produces a customized "fix-all" injection of gene carrying viruses that change our protein makeup to regenerate and combat all illness + make us immortal.
An additional injection of the latest bio-helper nano bots helps to flood the body with buffs that augment strength, hearing, sight, regeneration until we are super strong and can see and hear for miles. The nano bots also help convert natural electrical energy in the body for the next stage.
Micro implants are all the rage: a central CPU device implant controls a local wireless network of implanted accessories.
Strategically placed scalp implants transfer thought impulses. Brain data can be given directly (as commands to the CPU) as well as retrieved (memories / knowledge) as a subconscious thought wave interface. Like a wikipedia between brains.
Of course users will configure security and privacy of what is shared... Overtime people will share more as the benefit of mutual trust is more powerful that being separate and private - at least with those in their immediate trusted circle. This ebbs and flows with cultural norms.
Micro-chiped contact lenses capture RL video input as well as displaying an overlay of CPU information directly to the retina.
As the implants can read thought waves, they can also project EM impulses to store data and memories using the brain.
This completes a merge between people / internet/ and the real world in a communal hive mind.
All knowledge and thoughts are shared. Anyone can know or see what another connected user can see hear or think. Telepathy, mind reading, effective omniscience as a single thought can retrieve any known information connected.
But my question is... if you're immortal, have super strength/senses, and can effectively know all that is known in a single thought...
... what do you do for fun? or to have a challenging and fulfilling life? Explore the universe? Turn those too poor to afford augmentation in to slaves and pets for amusement? ...or just sit all day watching mind porn?
^heh... bioshock anyone?
if i ever wanted to have any super power it would be the ability to minipulate the supposed zero point field... which really i believe isn't too far off...
however a more practical one would be the power to move through walls and turn invisible... invisible batman... oh gosh...
if that doesn't work then i guess just the basic telepathic abilities like pyrokinesis, telekinesis, and finally psychokinesis..... the body is just a play thing of the mind...
really, i believe that the average person can do more than he believes he can... you know like manipulating their own body to do acts that seem impossible... like pick up extremely heavy objects. or breaking down a brick wall just by running into it.
how about the ability to score with any chick you want? now that would be cool. add that the ability to shit hundred dollar bills
The Besy superpower and how to get it is Flight and the was to get it is for someone to make a quiet but powerful personal transportation device such as a rotary fan jet pack
If this were possible the world would be different
I have an idea for such a thing but I dont have proper funding
i guess Mr. Fantastic's superpower would be great. The ability to stretch, enlarge and expand your body? I guess every chick would want to meet you. Cool.
I Have always wanted to be able to use 100% of my brains capacity. I believe that would be sufficent.
If you want to gain any new perspective or ability in this world you must consist to be exposed to everything in you immediate environment and then adapt to it all. All those complex natural chemical compouds that you desire to seek its power. Because it tastes good for a reason.
Stop wasting your time with synthetics that take you far of equilibrium and pay attention to your mind or else you will find failure to reality.
. -You fall somewhere in the Balanced Frequency of Nature. Someone Along the Infinite Spectrum of Life.
I think I would like to be able to gain a ultimately fast mind so that everything would seem really slow unless I wanted my mind to slow down. This way, I could easily learn exploiting teqhniques and use them fast to publicise information about if people can mind control and prevent them from ruling the world.
How about infinate intelligence and the wisdom to use it. Now when I say the wisdom to use it I don't mean for the good of mankind because lets face it if you are infintely intelligent then what would mankind be to you? I am thinking in the me first area...cold fusion; done, interstellar travel; done, peace in the middle-east...well there are somethings that even infinate intellgence can't solve.
Other than that how about direct mental interface and control with ANY electronic device.
To absorbe and discharche electrisity from my hands in watever form i want
@ crowndog: if you could use 100% of ur brain then what would happen when ur brain was full? all you can see is a blue error message? XD
anyway my power would too have ALL of the powers (to practically be God) i cant believe none of you guys thought of that :P
i dunno how well i would get along with any other Gods though... its hard to work in a group when you're omnipotent (50 bucks to the nerd who can tell be what that is from...)
Definitely Teleportation, With like a wisp of black smoke for added dramatic effect. I mean come on, Being able to teleport anywhere and fast. I'd be the baddest soldier eveeeer. So yeah, Teleporting.
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