Imagine that the human brain can be scanned in minute detail, and recreated in a computer simulation. The human mind and its memories, emotions and personality will be duplicated. In fact, a new and equally reliable version of this man will now exist in potentially immortal digital form. Is it possible? And what “pitfalls” can be in this process if such will ever happen?
Is it possible digital immortality?
The scientific community often assumes that the”digitization” of consciousness and download it into a virtual environment is more likely than not. Technology is likely to be created in the distant future, but considering how much interest this theme, download of consciousness into something like the Internet seems inevitable. Of course, we can’t be sure how it might affect our culture, but to the extent that developments in the technology of artificial neural networks, we can guess what might be the future. One of the possible outcomes described by the psychologist Michael Graziano in his new article, described below, conducting a thought experiment.
How to digitalize the brain
Assume that one day you go to the clinic to produce similar operation. Let’s be optimistic and pretend that the technology works just fine. After the procedure “digitizing” (let’s call it) you are still yourself and no not get new abilities. At the same time in the virtual world “wakes up” your virtual copy. It has your combination of knowledge and skills. Your life experiences and all the memories. The last thing your double remember is how he came to the clinic and were in the process of digitization.
I prefer the “geometric” method of reasoning about a given situation. Imagine your life is like the letter Y. says Mr Graziano. The base of the letters is the moment of birth. And as you grow, your personality is formed. Then you allow yourself to digitize, and since then, the letter Y is branched. Now there are two trajectories, each of them equally you. “Biological” branch will inevitably die, but digital will potentially be able to live forever.
Each of us is already present in the virtual world with a constant stream of information passing through social networks, YouTube, Twitter and so on. We live in a digital multiverse, and each of us — in the “virtual bubble”, where part of the multiverse is “pieces” of the Internet, we used to go, and the bubble is our personal space. Confidential information.
If there would be an opportunity to live in the digital world in full, and even to people it was with the same personalities and needs, as in real life, without having the disadvantages of existence in reality, like diseases, a large part of the population can agree to such. What do you think about that kind of digital immortality? Tell us about it in our chat in Telegram.