reply to post by sbctinfantry
Any interface wetware, hardware or otherwise can be breached and used as an access point even if it is not meant to be. You are basically
vulnerable to hacking, and I don't mean mind control. Strong enough electrical impulses, EMP, and other issues arise that could kill, incapacitate,
alter brain waves or even wipe memory and motor function capability.
This is a little bit of a "yes and no" situation. The digital component will always be subject to spyware, malware, and other malicious coding.
This, however, will only be able to affect the function of your linked systems. Rather than the interface being a screen, keyboard, mouse, etc - it
is all done more directly with your brain in an action akin to moving your arm or looking in a different direction.
All of the typical hazards of malicious code exist - but the impact on you would be a bit more annoying as it would be less like a device that was not
working properly, but a part of your body being on the fritz.
This does, however, get a little more hazy when we get into more advanced interfaces and components.
Also, the whole idea that we can expand our minds is ludicrous.
I think you misunderstood.
As interface technologies improve and our digital electronics become even more advanced, our personality will begin to be expressed within our digital
components by the programs they are instructed to run - much like your computer already expresses elements of your personality such as your priorities
and your interests (it simply lacks the power and interface to really express forms of autonomy and garner the nuances of your personality).
For example - I love getting into a debate that forces me to go dig up -real- sources (publicly released research reports released as massive 600 page
pdf files). I enjoy running across terms I don't understand or new concepts to visualize. With a more advanced computer interface, I would accrue a
series of instructions and eventually compiled them all into a program with the goal of digging through hundreds of internet search results at a time,
determining their relevance (from context cues and its own data about my discussion history), analyzing their content, and pulling up relevant facts
and figures from dozens of reports in a few seconds - a task that would have taken me hours.
Over the years, this would become more refined and added to other programs designed to, once again, express my personality. These all get built to
work together and exchange information, and my brain is in a constant bi-directional communication with digital components. Simulations are running
on one device and being monitored by myself (and programs on other devices programmed to alert in the event of bad things), another is busy crunching
through research on Neutrinos, one is running a sort of chat-bot on forums to ask for field-experienced individuals to give feedback, etc.
Where is my conscious thought? It's all over that system. It's not limited to simply in my brain - there are countless actions going on that are
all direct extensions of my mind's will and character. Presuming they are capable of continuing on, even when I am asleep - what would prevent them
from continuing well after I am dead?
Now - depending upon how far this process goes, you are looking from "a mere shadow" being left behind to a "spitting image." For some, it would
be a digital zombie stuck in its last set of commands... for others, it would be capable of carrying on as a representation of that individual's
personality and character.
This sounds kind of haunting, at first... like the adult offspring of some technical genius stumbling upon an old bank of computers and greeting some
semblance of their just-passed father.
But, remember - children will be brought up into this world interfacing with the parents (and many others who will eventually be lost to the forces of
mortality) through these devices and concepts, as well. The digital component being left behind will not necessarily be all that haunting. Further -
I believe it could lead to a sort of 'ancestral memory' or even ancestrally led culture. These entities would persist for hundreds of years,
provided their operating infrastructure was maintained (and a few other program-specific concepts related to just how autonomous these entities
This was not, in any way, meant to be a suggestion on how we may attain immortality. This was more of a prediction on my part - something we are
not really accounting for in our concepts of a future with cybernetic enhancements.... that our cybernetic enhancements will continue to compute long
after our organic bodies - and may have inherited quite a bit of our personality in their relationship with us.