In this article for The Wall Street Journal, Princeton University professor Michael S.A. Graziano explores the philosophical and ethical questions surrounding the concept of uploading one’s mind into a digital form, often referred to as “mind uploading” or “whole brain emulation.” He discusses the potential advancements in technology that might make this possible in the future and raises questions about whether a digital consciousness would truly be the same as the original human, both in terms of identity and subjective experience. The article delves into the implications for personal identity, and individuality, and the ethical dilemmas such a technology could pose.
Graziano says that mind uploading is difficult to achieve, but it is a reality we would have to contend with in the future.
Editor’s Note: What is it that makes humans “real”? What is it that makes us, “us”, and another human, the “other”?
The idea of mind uploading is a fantasy and is deeply connected with a purely digital world. If indeed, it becomes a reality, it will be limited to certain people, perhaps those who are capable of paying for the technology, or in the tradition of The Matrix, those who are to become an energy source.
We encourage you to read the following articles if you want to go deeper on this subject: WITH MIND UPLOADING, THERE IS NO NEED FOR RELIGION, WHY YOU MIGHT NEVER BE ABLE TO UPLOAD YOUR BRAIN TO A COMPUTER, THE ETHICAL CONSEQUENCES OF IMMORTALITY TECHNOLOGY, DOES CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUE AFTER DEATH?, WEF LAUNCHES METAVERSE, PREDICTS DIGITAL LIVES WILL BECOME MORE MEANINGFUL THAN PHYSICAL LIVES, TRANSHUMANISM: IMMORTALITY FOR THOSE WHO CAN AFFORD IT.
Also, read these articles to discover why we do not need mind uploading in order to achieve immortality, see EVIDENCES SUPPORTING AN IMMATERIAL MIND, YOUR BRAIN IS NOT A COMPUTER, WHY CARL SAGAN BELIEVES REINCARNATION DESERVES SERIOUS STUDY, IS THERE LIFE AFTER DEATH? SEVERAL STUDIES SHOW THAT IT IS POSSIBLE, TRANSFORMING THE LANGUAGE OF DEATH.
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