Well I think it's a bit of a leap to think that having the power and storage to contain the amount of assumed data that the mind would require, is the
same as having the ability to actually download and store the actual mind.
I don't see that happening for a long time. Perhaps snap shots of the brain state, which may be similar to storing a backup.. with perhaps the
possibility to restore this at some point, but the ability to alter it and see it and use it externally, I don't see.
We're far too chemical. We don't just think. We react, internally we are chemical reaction engines.
Everything that influences our mood, state of being, is not just the position of neurons in the brain. It's a reaction to a chemical we either produce
ourselves or introduce artificially, by the food we eat, the medicines we take, the air we breathe, the water we drink, the pollution we ingest.
The 'You' that you are right now is not the same you it will be tomorrow, but you will not notice the changes as you are not suddenly switching
states. you're just reacting to the now, which becomes then and eventually yesterday.
And everything from hunger, sex drive, exhaustion, anxiety, blood pressure, stomach contents, the plethora of flora inside your gut... all makes you
slightly more who you are than any binary simulation can ever recreate.
I think that without the chemical machine that hosts our minds, we're nothing more than meaningless insanity. Without desire or direction. Survival
causes motivation and a thirst for knowledge. Not simply being, as far as I can tell.
Now if they make it so we're artificially stimulated, like the Jem hadar from star trek ds9 who were created to perform one task, where we only do
things because we are 'addicted' to something, then perhaps.. but what an existence. actually, it's not entirely different at all..
edit on 19-6-2013 by winofiend because: (no reason given)