Last post got me to thinking. Technology is always changing, and new tecniques are emerging all of the time.
Supposing that some technology was developed that could accomplish a full, in depth transformation, would you make use of that technology to transform yourself, into whatever physical form you might be able to achieve or desire, even bearing in mind physical and societal effects which might arise from such a transformation? Figure on things that would be physically possible accrding to existing biology and physics/chemistry.
Please reply with yes/no/maybe, details as to what you might change, what you might expect to see as positive/negative consequences, how this might be accomplished in the (relatively) near future, and any other insight you might have.
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Maybe. I would want a very high survivabilty factor, and the ability for a very detailed anaylisis of the specific changes made. I would like to have increased intelligence (ie, ability to think faster and in more detail, and more accurately, than today's most powerfull supercomputers. physically, I might go for adaptability (ie, direct control of physical growth on the cellular/molecular level), and, with more limited technology, more towards a avian (bird-like) winged body form capable of physical flight under earth-normal conditions. I would design for maximum survivability in a 'wild' environment, more towards the predatory/omnivourous than herbivorious.
More than likely, I would loose physical stature and weight/mass, and result in different body proportions (fliying species usually have a greater concentration of muscle in the upper body, and very long upper limbs(wing). I would absolutely keep some form of dexterous limbs (ie, hands with at least one opposable thumb), probably with more philanges (finger bones), possibly double jointed. I would go for enhanced hearing, sight, and other senses.
Posible technologies which might be utilized would be: Nano-technology, Bio technoloyg(genetic seqencing, biologically engineered systems such as a-life), biologicall computing systems (ie, cellular-scale self-replicating super-computer nodes, biologically powered) with biological plus genetic read/write/edit capability), and conventional surgical techniques. such an approach would result in a slow metamorphosis-like transformation, rather than a fast transformation, as most biological growth takes weeks to months to complete. (catapiller-butterfly, various species pregancy/hatching term intervals, processes such as maturation ('growing up'), puberty, molting, limb regeneration of lizards, etc.)
Possible 'side effects'. Everything that goes with a physically smaller form; likely increased food requirements (increased metabolism), social Ostracism (basically increased notice, curiosity, attention, approval/dissaproval, etc). Furniture difficulties (what sort of chair do you use with a tail?), issues with doors (how do you get a 4' wide furled wingspan through a 3' wide door??), etc.
I think such technologies might be as near as say, 5-25 years, if a very detailed and concerted effort were made towards that end. we would have to completly understand nearly all aspects of DNA and molecular biochemistry before such could be achieve, however.
Much more thorough than a surgical or micro-surgical approach (your cells would still have dna that would code for human normal), and likely less 'invasive', as the body itself would be 'doing' the re-structuring (with guidance and micro-scale assistance)