10 Seconds of Foresight

It’s amusing for me when I see my children using their burgeoning foresight in times of potential trouble. And while it thankfully is happening more and more frequently, I see people ignoring this wonderful nuance of intelligence all the time.

So today, I would like to share with you what I would readily give a full year of life to have as a human upgrade:


We as a species are born with a decent set of senses, hearing, smell, touch, taste, and of course sight, well wouldn’t it be handy to have been born with a sense of foresight as well?

With an extra week at His disposal, G could have easily given all of us the ability to see not just the present, but an addition 10 seconds into the future for emergency purposes. This gift would prevent us from traipsing blindly into dangerous situations, random acts of violence, embarrassment, and of course death.

This ability would also have to be both reflexive and voluntary – Just like our ability to blink.

As a species we’ve already proven that we’ve barely tapped into more than 10% of our brains cognitive abilities, so it stands to reason that we have enough dormant computational power within our minds to discern and vet all the additional data that would exist in both the present and the immediate future.

Besides, 10 seconds is more than adequate to avoid a sharp knife falling towards your foot from a countertop, or an unobservant driver plowing into your car through a red light.

Can you imagine a world in which there were no spontaneous accidents? Stuff that kills most people usually happens within a 10 second window.

Here’s my top 10 list of things that would be good about this sensory upgrade:

1. All car accidents would stop unless it was intentional, and there would be no speed limit (I mean what for – right?)
2. Slips and falls would be a thing of the past
3. Slamming any body part in any-thing would be unknown to mankind
4. All slow acting poisons would be removed from the market.
5. Knowing what lies at the end of every dark alley
6. Knowing whether or not it’s going to be a home run just before the pitch comes
7. Finding the sliver of glass in the baby food jar before you spoon feed it to the babyspoonfeeding baby
8. Stopping the jumper before he leaps onto the tracks
9. Shutting off the lawnmower before you reach that hidden piece of wood with the nails in it.
10. Deciding not to mention the $500 poker loss to your wife until the morning.

I’m sure there are countless instances where having 10 seconds of insight would be appreciated. And if there are any concepts in the works for this type of device, please feel free to send me the link so I can check it out.


Mr. Black

~ by fblack2 on May 31, 2008.

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