posted on Dec, 24 2007 @ 10:32 AM
instead of the knee jerk reactions to this, there still are many exciting and positive things that can come out of this.
For all those mamby pamby anti death penalty zealots out there.. well, here's your chance to download that prisoners mind into an artificial brain
and heck, launch it into space somewhere, maybe orbiting pluto. The ultimate solitary confinement.
Space travel. With the increases in robotics and bipedal walkers especially. Imagine being able to separate the mind from the body, slowing down the
internal clock on the artificial brain so years pass like seconds, so when they arrive at their intended destination, the brain goes into a robot body
and can explore and send the survey results back.
Some might say you can't make an artificial brain - this is only partially true. it will always be different, but someday soon, a direct replacement
will be possible. Some may even say you can never make a personality, intelligence, or emotional being out of an artificial brain. I think you sell
humanity short on its ability to do what it wants to do. Or are you so egotistic as to think that you are the highest form of intelligence possible,
and you're screaming internally in fear of this belief being shattered?
The most chilling idea behind this might be an artificial slave race of (eventually) mostly or fully realized (albeit manufactured) beings. what
drives it home is a quote from a SIM game I used to play, and it said "how can you subjugate a thing that can not feel pain?"