Re: Effects of Enhanced Senses for Designer Bodies

Anders Sandberg (
17 May 1999 20:28:42 +0200

Chris McCarley <> writes:

> 3. Add an essentially new sensory capability, e.g. ?

What about sonar? I have always wanted to have 360 degree sonar to give a sense of the surroundings. It could even be mapped onto the skin, making the surroundings touch you ("A comfortable little office you have...").

> For choices 2 and 3, there is also the choice of mapping the out-of-band
> stimuli into the existing range or sequestering an unused (hopefully) part
> of the brain and training it for the new sensory system.

There are no unusued areas, but the cortex is fairly flexible and can reorganize slightly.

> A cognitive enhancement I can think of that would cross various categories
> is the capability to visualize effectively in multiple dimensions.

Maybe a less volatile visual/auditory scratchpad?

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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