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i never really gave it much thought, till i had a cool conversation by the braai on friday with a mate.
the idea is quite mindboggling, and, if humankind doesnt murder each other off, quite propable.
the basic concept is, that via technology, you will be able to transplant your consciousness, memories and personality, onto a harddrive, and be uploaded into either a robotic body, or a cloned/genetically engineered living body.
so, you would decide to be a griffin for a year, then be a humanoid robot, then a fish… the list is endless.
but im just wondering, how much of your ‘personality’ is dependant upon your actual synaptic connections, that is set out just so, according to your DNA. that you like chocolate, but hate wine.
surely when the actual brain gets removed, you will be nothing but a stored file. you may remember your memories, learn, but will you be able to remember WHY you dont like wine.
then, again, the idea of soul comes into play. or consciousness. when you die, or your human body ceases to exist, what will enable the new body with your ‘file’ to be conscious. wont it just be an AI program, with as much humanity as any computer game?
then, you can make a hundred copies of yourself, and there can be a hundred yous around.
what makes something alive.?
the criteria for something being alive is, if i remember correctly, it should breate, consume nutrients, excrete waste, multiply and something which i cant remember.
so you can then build a sophisticated program, upload it into a bionic form, then call it alive. then it can have rights, you cant kill it, etc etc.
i didnt say much, cause i hadnt had enough time to really think about it. but the idea is exciting. but wont you just become a computer file, and lose your humanity completely then?