posted on Mar, 15 2014 @ 08:12 AM
*This should probably be in the BAN Forum, MODs*
Imagine if you will, a time and place where there is only time... Imagine being able to live virtually forever, from just a pill. One pill would let
you live hundreds, thousands, or millions of years in just hours, but all in your head. Imagine as well, this same pill could give a thousand year
sentance to a criminal who deserved it. Perhaps this is possible, as per scientists at Oxford University.
Could we condemn criminals to suffer for hundreds of years? Biotechnology could let us extend convicts' lives 'indefinitely'
•This is the scenario being explored by researchers at Oxford University
•They claim life extension tech could mean prisoners serve longer sentences
•Philosopher Dr Rebecca Roache also writes in her blog that a time distortion pill could make people feel like they were in prison longer
•Another scenario the group looked at was uploading mind to a digital realm
•Running it a million times faster than normal would enable the uploaded criminal to serve a 1,000 year sentence in eight-and-a-half hours
What if you're stuck in the middle and want out? How would you get out? How could you let anyone know to get you out? Would this concept be
considered inhumane in this case?
Sentencing a criminal to 1,000 years in an artificial hell may one day become a reality.
At least, that is the claim of scientists at Oxford University who have been exploring controversial technologies that could extend human life.
They say billions are being invested in techniques that could mean the cruellest criminals will be kept alive indefinitely in condition befitting
According to their research, prison firms could also develop drugs that make time pass slowly, making an inmate’s sentence feel like an eternity.
Last year, a team of scientists led by Rebecca Roache began exploring technologies that could keep prisoners in an artificial hell.
One giant leap into time and infinity!
At the same time, I couldn't help but to think that this could perhaps give us the perception of living forever. But, then, who would want to live
that long? You might think so going in, but once you're there, you're there for all.... time!
The story goes on to say that it's not just possible by pill, but by computer simulation.
Life extension technologies could mean the cruellest criminals will be kept alive indefinitely in condition befitting their crime.
As well as extending life, there are a number of psychoactive drugs that distort people’s sense of time.
Dr Roache said that might not be far off developing a pill that could make someone feel like they were serving a 1,000-year sentence.
Another scenario explored by the group is uploading the criminal's mind to a digital realm to speed up the 1,000 year sentence.
This means that with sufficient computer power, it would be possible to speed up the rate at which an uploaded mind runs.
Similarly, uploading the mind of a convicted criminal and running it a million times faster than normal would enable the uploaded criminal to serve a
1,000 year sentence in eight-and-a-half hours.
For those super baddies, like say, Hitler, Dr Doom, or worse... An eternal sentance!
If these technologies are developed, one crime that could ever justify eternal imprisonment was something that would endanger mankind.
‘Suppose there was some physics experiment that stood a decent chance of generating a black hole that could destroy the planet and all future
generations,’ said Dr Roache.
'If someone deliberately set up an experiment like that, I could see that being the kind of supercrime that would justify an eternal sentence.’
So what do you think ATS?