76

Just going by the features themselves it would mostly be soreness and an acclimatisation period after coming in and out of gear. Chances are, your ability to see in the dark, cope with sudden bright light and to deal with loud noise, hear quiet noises and deal with a wide band of volume will be reduced for a while. However, I tremble at how much this could ...


47

Go for the simplest solution: millennium bug. You would think that humanity would have learned after Y2K. Nope. In another post I described how GPS has a millennium bug every 19 years or so. This is due to a design flaw, and the fix is people having to buy new GPS devices every 19 years. We are now in the first generation of devices which may survive this ...


28

I'm going to propose a different direction: the failure was intended by the original designer. While I wouldn't presume to rewrite the history of your world, this problem does invite some interesting backstory (though you may feel this rips off I,Robot a little too much). Cybernetics, Enhancements, Plugs. Whatever you call them, everyone is using them - ...


25

In todays world the main barrier to direct brain-machine interfaces is that the body rejects implants. Typically the body will grow a barrier/capsule around any foreign object placed into the brain (in order to isolate it). Presumably they have solved this problem in your world. That all changed when the I386 virus came into contact with the first human. ...


24

"Earth has abut 4,500 languages spoken commonly": Actually there are only about 100 languages spoken natively by more than 0.1% of the population of Earth. Out of those 4500 languages, 4000 have minuscule numbers of speakers. "Some parts of Scotland needs to be subtitled on British television" . . . . . . which is hardly unexpected given than (a) Scots and ...


24

You don't need to understand music to appreciate it. I listen to japanese music without translation because I hear it from the openings on shows. I listen to vocaloid styled music without knowing the base language. The pacing of lyrics and the instrumentals mean more to me than the actual words. Technically, Pop music already works this way. I can't have ...


21

Change of diet: the implants need some chemicals/proteins/etc. to work, or to be able to interface with your biology. Something wiped out a kind of a crop, that forms the major part of your societys diet, that was the only source of this protein. Or the opposite, some company introduced a new soda, that became such a big hype, that almost everybody tried it. ...


15

Who cares? No-one reading your story actually cares what the reason is. What we care about is the story you tell about the consequences. The reason is a MacGuffin which doesn't have to exist in any defined way. Think of the classics. You don't need to know how Victor Frankenstein connected up the nerves and blood vessels, only that he did, and this is how ...


15

Failed to renew the domain name It's just one of the old-fashioned things again. All the implants are cloud-connected, of course. That's how they talk to each other, and smooth the communication between their human hosts. And therefore, they all have the same hostname programmed into them. It would be a real modern Babel otherwise, if your implant could ...


13

You're all going to die There's a saying that applies to GEVs/WIGs as much as it does to hovercraft. If you can see something in front of you you're going to hit it. GEVs are not suitable for traffic situations, as they require a minimum speed rather than a maximum. They're not really suitable for use over land due to the fact they corner like aircraft and ...


12

As I see it, for the effect to be quite sudden and global, there are two options 1) outer influence, new kind of radiation, aliens, gods, magic appearing out of nowhere you name it. Generally not very plausible, but there are stories set in worlds in which such a game-changing event occurred. If the setting is interesting enough, the question how it came to ...


10

Realistically, they'd use multiple factors. Deriving location from multiple independent sources is always better than any single solution however neat. Some suggestions: GPS Practically free, so there is absolutely no reason to use it. Celltowers and Wifi Gives independent verification that the phone is in the area reported by the GPS. Mesh networking ...


8

I'd expect soldiers top have similar effects to astronauts being used to zero gravity after coming back to earth, basically, expecting the same effects when not using the AR: Not understanding why he can't see in the dark Being unable to recognize team members without the identification box Being too disoriented by the background noise Expecting to hear ...


8

This is not a criminal justice system at all. It's a method for griefers to wreck your game. It works like this: The griefer creates an avatar that he uses to play. He concentrates on finding out about other players and their progress in the game. When he finds someone who is doing well, they become his target. He creates a new avatar, and uses it to ...


8

The biologicals are not actually still biologicals. The entirety of human civilization was copied and continues to run as a Matrix-like simulation. The event 5 years ago was actually the first boot of the copy. Failure of the implants was intentional and meant to distract from other imperfections in the copy. The fate of the biological originals is not ...


6

*According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, (DSM-5), to meet the criteria for diagnosis of schizophrenia, the patient must have experienced at least 2 of the following symptoms [1] : Delusions Hallucinations Disorganized speech Disorganized or catatonic behavior Negative symptoms ...


6

The radio spectrum is full The implants are just the peripheral that links the biological part with the actual user device (smartphone, smartwatch... whatever they use in the future). That devices are where the processing power really is, the implant simply serves as a link with it, over low-frequency radio (think Bluetooth). They worked very well ...


5

The translators don't need to be perfect, or even used at all, in order for different cultures to enjoy eachother's works. Not every person who enjoys classical opera can speak 18th century Italian or French. Not every person who enjoys K-pop can speak Korean. Not every person who enjoys The Canterbury Tales can speak Medieval English. Not every person who ...


5

I hate to spoil a setting, but from sociology perspective, this situation is not possible. If everybody needs to talk to each other, a common language will emerge, simply for convenience of communication not affected by AI. Voice communication via mics is not the only situation, you want to read text and graffiti, understand garbled emergency warnings, ...


5

How do smart animals survive on Earth? Be unthreatening - Great apes in jungles are largely left alone if they keep away from human settlements. Be a companion - Cats, dogs and myriad other species live as pets in close proximity with humans, albeit they must never show behaviour which would harm a human, or are kept in conditions which prevent it (cages, ...


4

Once you can, you won't need to Design Requirements for the Magic Brain Puck that will make this possible: Must be able to load models of a virtual environment in order to simulate "heavy" objects. Without this model, the puck won't know that when the user puts their hand in a certain place, it's supposed to feel a certain way or that the user's hand ...


4

The augmentation is primarily sensory. The heightened sense of perception in a combat zone will induce a greater probability of soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). During deployment, for example, on patrol and especially they are likely to suffer from headaches and earaches. Firstly, due to wearing the augmentation technology, and ...


4

The translation will not be accurate in terms of translating word for word. It'll be closer to getting the message, and formulating it in the best possible way in the new language. The technology of AI and deep learning are still on their early stages but they develop rapidly now. You may predict that in few years, definitely in few dozen it'll be able to ...


4

Having someone speak to you while you are attempting to listen to music is annoying and distracting. Reading text is far easier. At the beginning of a live performance, the ushers give the standard pre-show speech - "Exits located at the front and rear of the stage, please silence all mobile devices," - as well as "If you would like to fully appreciate ...


4

Diplomacy. These aliens would be looking at the same stuff we do: companionship, satisfying our needs for food, shelter and sex and doing this all through technology and resources. Many of us also have ideologies like protecting wildlife or equal rights. When the aliens meet us they could wipe us out, but why would they? They would be better off supplying ...


4

Programmed obsolescence gone wrong. Cybernetic implants manufacturer programmed them to stop functioning after a given period of time, but an error made all of them to stop at the same time.


3

The soldiers would experience the similar problems to those of ordinary soldiers except that any physical injury would be absent. Although any soldier waring the VR would know intellectually that he or she was physically safe, the subconscious reactive parts of the brain would not, it would be fooled by the VR. So it would still be possible to suffer from a ...


3

Frustration would probably be the worst after-effect of extended exposure to augmented reality. Not being able to see as clearly as you are used to in twilight conditions, or being unable to make out someone's mumbled speech. You might also find yourself whispering to yourself; sub-audibly requesting armor features such as facial recognition and tactical ...


3

He probably would be diagnosed a having schizophrenia and have a seeing eye dog (or be locked up, depending on your society's culture). If more people with this condition are discovered it might be medically recognized and effort would be put into figuring out how it works, why some people have it and not others, what causes it, and lastly learning more ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible