We’re still decades — if not centuries — away from being able to transfer a mind to a supercomputer. It’s a fantastic future prospect that makes some people incredibly squeamish. But there are considerable benefits to living a digital life. Here’s why you should seriously consider uploading.
As I’ve pointed out before, uploading is not a given; there are many conceptual, technological, ethical, and security issues to overcome. But for the purposes of this Explainer, we’re going to assume that uploads, or digital mind transfers, will eventually be possible — whether it be from the scanning and mapping of a brain, serial brain sectioning, brain imaging, or some unknown process.
Indeed, it’s a prospect that’s worth talking about. Many credible scientists, philosophers, and futurists believe there’s nothing inherently intractable about the process. The human brain — an apparent substrate independent Turing Machine — adheres to the laws of physics in a material universe. Eventually, we’ll be able to create a model of it using non-biological stuff — and even convert, or transfer, existing analog brains to digital ones.
So, assuming you’ll live long enough to see it — and muster up the courage to make the paradigmatic leap from meatspace to cyberspace — here’s what you have to look forward to:
An End to Basic Biological Functions
Once you’re living as a stream of 1’s and 0’s you’ll never have to worry about body odor, going to the bathroom, or having to brush your teeth. You won’t need to sleep or have sex — unless, of course, you program yourself such that you’ll both want and need to do these things (call it a purist aesthetic choice).
Radically Extended Life
Creating Backup Copies
Making Virtually Unlimited Copies of Yourself
Dramatically Increased Clock Speed
Radically Reduced Global Footprints
Enhanced Emotion Control
A Better Hive Mind
Toying WIth Alternative Physics
Downloading to an External Body
Interstellar Space Travel
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