Question of the Week: Uploading Your Consciousness to the Internet
Every week we ask a question of our audience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about an issue or topic relating to science, skepticism, technology or religion. Our favourite comments are discussed on this week’s episode of our podcast, The Pseudoscientists!
Transhumanism is a growing movement that predicts and endorses the eventual merging of organic human brains with inorganic computer systems. While one route to that endpoint is through physically adding computer hardware to the brain in a cyborg-esque fashion, another way to join machine and man is by uploading a person’s mental state into a network of computers… much like the Internet. While neuroscientists and philosophers are divided over whether or not this could actually be an actual possibility, such scenarios have been commonplace in science fiction for decades. So, if and/or when the time comes:
Would you upload your consciousness to the Internet?
Would our minds become lost in a sea of noise? Would privacy cease to exist? Is a physical body just too good to pass up? Could this be a way to cheat death? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
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