If you could improve just one quality about the human race...

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Six digits on each hand.


Because then we can math better.

I'd upgrade everyone's "wisdom modifier", AKA the unfortunately uncommon sense attribute.

smithy_2045:
Any person I desire would not be able to resist my advances.

He did say the human race, not just yourself. So, in order for this to apply to the thread, everyone of (genetic group x) would get these super pheromones or however it works.

Twilight_guy:
Remove trolls. Everyone of them. No more of them, ever. I think the improvement to the world would be quiet great.

This, especially after reading this: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/121603-Science-Proves-That-Trolls-Ruin-Everything Removing trolls will make the world a better place for everyone!
Either that or I would "upgrade" humanities moral compass. A more noble world would be a great place to live

honesty. if we were all honest, things would be a lot easier. i think politics would move much faster :P

Lynx:

And just once in my life, I'd like to hear a high profile politician say to his/her opponent: "You know what, you have a good point." or "I'm sorry, I seem to have gotten my facts wrong."

Oh god yes, id love it if during a political debate something like that would happen instead of the usual bickering and slandering that more often then not seems to be decided by who is the most pompous and arrogant.
Political parties working together for the good of the country, almost defies imagination doesnt it? xD
Self promotion and excess of pride is all too common, a bit of the humble pie really would do wonders for humanity.

Also first time i hear about Swedish shyness stereotypes. So they got a rep for being good looking AND shy?
Brb, looking up flights from London to Zurich.

To never ever forget a single thing you learn from the age of about five.

That would be beautiful. You tend not to forget the awful things in life, so wouldn't it be nice to dip back into that memory of when you first learnt to ride a bike, first tried your favourite food, or accomplished something you thought was impossible?

Also, we'd become a lot more intelligent as a race I imagine.

Lynx:
A deeply empathic individual would sit themselves down and meditate on what it truly is like for these people, think "If it were me, what is it that I would need...", and probably realize early on that in order to answer that question they first need to go read a book or two on economics.

Empathy is a genuine, long-term interest to understand the situation of another human being. People who have no such deep interest tend to create destructive "quick fixes" in order to make themselves temporarily feel less crappy.

It would help people to see what they are going through. It wouldn't help people to necessarily become smarter about helping them. And it isn't even necessarily going to help to have people reading economic textbooks to best determine how to help them. There's a lot of hack economists out there publishing. And there's no easy 100% story for how economics works. It's a gigantic field studying spending habits of entire societies and their wide ranging effects.

If economics was simple and straightforward then we wouldn't have capitalism, syndicalism, communist, market socialism, fascism, mercantilism, corporativism all competing against each other. We wouldn't have competing ideas on privatization and collectivization. The economists themselves argue on this shit all the time, adding another 100 million voices to the discussion likely wouldn't really help at all. Empathy is not enough, we need more knowledge.

If I could improve humans I would make it harder for them to be willfully ignorant. That is the best anyone could hope for

Frankster:
Also first time i hear about Swedish shyness stereotypes. So they got a rep for being good looking AND shy?
Brb, looking up flights from London to Zurich.

I do hope you mean Stockholm!

And yeah, the typical Swede is ashamed to admit they're good at anything, ever. It's considered a little weird, and sometimes bordering on rude to brag about your skills. But don't worry - if you're a foreigner we will forgive you. Swedes forgive foreigners for everything.

We also enjoy our personal space.

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We need the ability to not give a shit about temperature change. The only time we do give a shit is when we are in danger of damage to our bodies.

Curse you, OP! I can't think of anything that would help the world at large more than a greater level of empathy across the board; except maybe a stronger desire to act on that empathy rather than just have it sit in yor mind.

lRookiel:
We need magical powers.

I'll get someone on that right away.

*punches*

You idiot!

You know what people are like, that'll only make wars even WORSE.

Ahem.

OT:

I'd like for the average intelligence of the world's population to go up to a minimum of 140 or so.

That...

or willful ignorance (and acting on it) being universally considered a morally abhorrent thing.

I'd like to upgrade the human race to non existent. Think of all the wonderful things everything else in the world could do if we all just fucked off!

You know how in A clockwork Orange where the main character gets a treatment where he becomes physically ill when he thinks about hurting someone else?

Something like that maybe.

Lynx:

I do hope you mean Stockholm!

Oh god geography fail o0 In my defence, i was in a rush due to getting ready for karate class and both countries begin with s >< Apologies and guess im lucky swedes forgive foreigners. Also that mentality about not liking bragging is awesome.

Mutant super powers.
Screw all this "more peace/love/understanding" PC nonsense. Humans have always been at their best when they were at their worst. I'd take teleportation myself, it just opens up so many possibilities.

Frankster:

Lynx:

I do hope you mean Stockholm!

Oh god geography fail o0 In my defence, i was in a rush due to getting ready for karate class and both countries begin with s >< Apologies and guess im lucky swedes forgive foreigners. Also that mentality about not liking bragging is awesome.

It's cool. ;) I like the non-brag mentality too (well hey, I grew up with it), but it saddens me to see it going overboard. The "no one can ever think they're better than anybody else in any field, ever"-mentality is spreading like wildfire in our schools right now (thanks a lot, politicians) and it's a complete talent-killer.

Flight, probably via wings.

I've got a good one - Tolerance.

As in the ability to accept that other people believe in and have values in different things than you.

This one little aspect can change the world, I tell you. No more religious wars, gender issues, trolls, opinions as facts, racism....who wouldn't want that?

More control over our passive systems in our body like metabolism and other things. Like thinking "ok, I ate a lot of calories for lunch, maybe I'll just not digest all that properly." And pain too, so like if you know somethings going o hurt but it's good for you, like getting an injection, you just decide not to feel it, because that pain isn't doing you any good. Not just in a mind over matter way but literally just not finding it unpleasant. And being able to focus on the work that's due for tomorrow rather than being drawn back to posting on the escapist. Just some sort of Mental Override system.

I mean it's pretty lame but also pretty fundamental things that it's surprising that we can't control. I know these could get badly abused and don't really advance us much but overall I think it'd be a cool thing to be able to do.

Upgrade brain usage in total to 50% average, 100% above-average instead of the general 10%. Just to see what we're capable of, and maybe we'll see something else.

The flavor. It would solve so many problems if humans were just a bit tastier!

Empathy could definitely do with a boost. Failing that, open-minded ness.

Father Time:
You know how in A clockwork Orange where the main character gets a treatment where he becomes physically ill when he thinks about hurting someone else?

Something like that maybe.

Someone missed the point of A Clockwork Orange entirely. The whole message of it was to make people think that if we violently and remorselessly impress our will on other people, are we any better than the monsters we're supposedly curing?

Anyway, back OT: There is only one thing that could improve humanity: More cowbell.

I would fill their hearts with hatred and lust for murder, so that they would turn on each other - but exclude myself from the equation; That way, I could watch as the world population broke up into small hordes of savages, battling over superiority. Once humanity would be on its last knee, I would pronounce myself the supreme emperor and trick the
uneducated, uncivilized barbarians into serving me, as my chosen legion. Then, I would request the building of a Colosseum, and spend my last days enjoying the brutal battles of the gladiators with a chalice of wine in my hand.

Tolerance.

With increased tolerance people are more likely to understand more about the people that they hated. Though, Religion will always find a way to screw it up

AngloDoom:
To never ever forget a single thing you learn from the age of about five.

I don't know, I'm quite happy to have forgotten a good deal of my teenage years.

Do bio-tech augmentations count? That does not necessarily have to do with the human race itself, so much as a creation thereof, but if it counts, yeah: bio-tech augmentations.

If not, a greater dose of selfishness would be wonderful. All this 'selfless' garbage swirling about in the air is killing me slowly. And naturally I mean this in the Randian sense of the word.

Heronblade:
I'd upgrade everyone's "wisdom modifier", AKA the unfortunately uncommon sense attribute.

smithy_2045:
Any person I desire would not be able to resist my advances.

He did say the human race, not just yourself. So, in order for this to apply to the thread, everyone of (genetic group x) would get these super pheromones or however it works.

Yeah, so their supergenes would be an inability to resist my advances. Distinct from I would be able to woo anyone I desired, because the change is happening to everyone else.

Speechcraft. Maybe then people wouldn't have to hide behind their mobile phones at all times, and people in the street or on the bus might actually be open to a conversation for once.

GeneralChaos:
Definitely immortality, or rather (since we're increasing a stat) increase the healthy lifespan by 3^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^3 years. Dying is approximately the worst thing, so that's high up on the list of Things That Must Be Fixed. If I could trick the super genie governing levelups, I'd also lower birthrate until we get off Earth for obvious reasons.

Graham's Number?

Orange12345:

SanAndreasSmoke:
Lessen the amount of greed in humanity. I'd say 90% of our world's problems stem from the unhealthy amounts of desire for money, land, privilege, etc. that many prominent people in society exhibit.
That goes for greed of power as well.

I'd say greed is more like 99.9999999999% of the worlds problem, I really can not think of anything that can't be in some way traced back to money. It's weird really when you think about it money is something that we just invented, yet it is the biggest cause of conflict among people ever.

Well yeah, money is the purest form of energy. $5 essentially is a subway sandwich, 35 minutes of a minimum wage worker's time, or a little more than a gallon of gas. If money didn't exist, the subway sandwich would still be worth 35 minutes of the worker's time and if the worker wanted to eat he'd still have to work for it.

Even without money there'd still be greed.

Improved Self-Awareness I think it is. Kinda like intelligence, but humans are less likely to use it to build bigger bombs. Humans are more likely to figure out what they're doing wrong, figure out when they're being lied to by politicians, be more sceptical about their religion, basically become better all-round.

What I would do, is a major improvement. Very important! Remove the need for some people to use the word "dick" in a negative light. I mean, Jesus fucking Christ it's annoying when people do that. The terms "don't be a dick", "he's being a dick" and etc. I have never seen or heard a more irritatingly annoying negative term in all my life, and yet so many people use it. Urrgh, so yeah, I'd remove that term from regular human usage for good. What is empathy and peace compared to that horrible, horrible thing?!

The ability to take responsibility and genuine care for one's offspring.

That should go a long way.

The laziness of people. The way the expect life to come to them, companies to try to attract them and sell the products to them, other people to sort shit out and the way people use internets and gadgets for things that it would be healthier to do yourself (like go to the shops)

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