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Originally posted by OwenGP185
What if the system he is uploaded to gets shut down? Like the power grid gets knocked out for a day or even the computer gets a virus. Anyway I feel sorry for him even if it works because he could very well be saying good bye to an amazing afterlife.
Originally posted by Daughter2
What a coincidence. I couldn't sleep last night and I posted about this exact same thing under the topic of immortality!
I do think this is how reincarnation would work. Unfortunately, I don't think his method will work. Like another poster said, we are already a program running in hardware. I don't think this software is hardwired into the computer but rather acts like the Microsoft Cloud software. There's plenty of cases of people existing with half a brain or just a brain stem and doing just fine.
Copying the hardware isn't enough, you need the connection with the software. Perhaps this would be the baby without a soul.edit on July 19th 2012 by Daughter2 because: (no reason given)
Anencephaly is a cephalic disorder that results from a neural tube defect that occurs when the cephalic (head) end of the neural tube fails to close, usually between the 23rd and 26th day of pregnancy, resulting in the absence of a major portion of the brain, skull, and scalp. Strictly speaking, the translation of the Greek term to English is "no brain" (that is, totally lacking).
Originally posted by AfterInfinity
reply to post by schuyler
If you can replicate the chemicular process and neuron pathways, mapping them in a series of simulated situations (several quintillions of them) or copy the reactions to specific sets of variables (again, several quintillion sets) then you could probably create "Ken program".
Unfortunately, it would take a team of 2 million scientists like...50 years to do it. And it would still come out flawed.
"DOES NOT COMPUTE! DOES NOT COMPUTE!"
Originally posted by ChaoticOrder
Originally posted by davidchin
reply to post by yuppa
Yes, Ghost in the Shell had some great concepts, but even there, the brain (and it seems the spinal cord as well) was kept alive and transferred to the newer bodies.
The main female character was completely artificial and even capable of transmitting her consciousness through the internet and into other mechanical bodies.
Originally posted by yuppa
reply to post by boncho
Here is a question for you. What if humans could remove their brains still alive but in a special casing housing them? Then transfer it over to a synthetic body packed with neuron that would connect to the Brain stem in the protective casing? Nanobots would have to wire the brain up to the synthetic body but afterwards the person is synched with the new body. Now would that person still be Themselves or different?
Yes I love Ghost In the shell. Its got some interesting ideas.
Originally posted by splittheatom
I don't really understand why people are saying 'it won't be you uploaded to the computer'. Until this procedure actually happens, you don't know the outcome the same as I don't or anyone else. It might be you, it might not, you don't know, and neither do I.
It's a mystery, so props to him for wanting to find out whether we really can 'live' forever.
And why wouldn't you want to live forever? Death seems so unnecessary, there is so much to experience, wouldn't you want more time to do it all?