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Sep 18, 2013
I don't see the point of "leaping" to a computer simulator or robot. Basically it would be hosting a copy of our thoughts. Even if the leap results in a version of us that is indistinguishable from the "real" us to outsiders, I think that the part of us that we experience as sentience or "living" dies when our brain stops working. In other words, your personality may achieve immortality, but your consciousness won't.

I find it amusing that the Time article is written by "Dilbert's Scott Adams"-- a fictional character is invoked to give a real life human credibility instead of "Scott Adams, Dilbert Creator". If cartoon characters are vouching for people, maybe virtual brains are closer than I think.

 
 
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Sep 18, 2013
[Humans will be able to transfer their minds to software-only virtual worlds.]

I sure hope it isn't a Microsoft virtual operating system.
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
I was trying to think what it would feel like to transfer my mind to a robot, but then I realized I do it every morning.

 
 
Sep 18, 2013
@stevesfk

[Throughout history evil geniuses and/or the ultra wealthy/powerful have spent a great deal of time and effort figuring out ways to get the masses to live shorter more miserable lives, not longer more enjoyable lives. I see nothing to indicate that this trend won't continue well into the future. The only change may be in the levels of creativity used to accomplish their goals. Have a nice day.]

...Umm....then how do you explain the fact that we can expect to live longer than our great-great grandparents could?
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
@fledder

[I'm not in that boat. I believe death is a good thing. Not a pleasant thing, but it has a reason. In fact, in some cases I think we're already cheating death too much, violating natural law.]

Like it or not that process, cheating death, is going to keep getting better as time goes on until the only folks left alive are the ones who want to be immortal. So you're fighting a losing battle there.

On the plus side you probably wont live to see it.
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
Throughout history evil geniuses and/or the ultra wealthy/powerful have spent a great deal of time and effort figuring out ways to get the masses to live shorter more miserable lives, not longer more enjoyable lives. I see nothing to indicate that this trend won't continue well into the future. The only change may be in the levels of creativity used to accomplish their goals. Have a nice day.
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
Oh wonderful, millions of PHB robots around to make our working lives even worse.
 
 
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Sep 18, 2013
It's a good article, and I do believe one of the options will be realized eventually.

The main question I have though is why? I cannot escape the feeling that it comes from arrogance, people thinking they are interesting enough to live on forever.

I'm not in that boat. I believe death is a good thing. Not a pleasant thing, but it has a reason. In fact, in some cases I think we're already cheating death too much, violating natural law.
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
it would be #1 or no go for me- the jump to all digital upon the death of my human body, maybe, but why bother? Maybe for the Einsteins and Mozarts, but the rest of us? Immortality would be a waste of resources.

I mean, it's not ME living forever, just a copy of my brain.
 
 
Sep 18, 2013
I have the exact same problem with your thinking here that I have with your thinking on robotics: folks have been telling me its just around the corner for as long as I can remember and it aint here yet. I grant you that this may become reality someday, but Im younger than you and I dont think Ill live to see it.
 
 
 
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