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Immortality: When We Digitally Copy Our Minds, What Happens to Humanity?
Steve Kotler   Apr 25, 2016   Big Think  

In the face of immortality, morality is going to radically change, right. We’ve evolved to die. Like for the entire history of life on this planet life has come to an end. There is nothing, you know, consciously there’s nothing period out there that says this is how you behave if you live forever. This is how you start to structure a society if I can store my personality on a computer.




COMMENTS
We'll all die [!] of boredom. Worse than reality TV. The brain is a vomitorium as social media continually proves. Who would want to trawl through that?
Well, my view is different from the boredom aspect, but I disagree with Steve Kotler's notion that "many of the science fiction concepts of the 20th century has been realized in the 21st century."

Let's take a pause here to check-
Fusion, no.
Solar powered world, no.
Oceanic undersea railroads, no.
fully implantable permanent artificial hearts, no.
A lunar base, not yet.
A human on Mars, nyet.
Flying cars and jetpacks? Ah, sorry.

Computer science and egineering has been the only technical bright spot. I can't tell if uploading will be doable, anytime this century, or, if we will like the results? Will it feel authentic to us, the uploaded and the non-uploaded left behind?

But philosophically, let me try to answer that Steve Kotler posed. Here are just a few thoughts, and I welcome disagreements on all this.

1. Religion. Some will adapt, but many religious people will fall by the wayside, simply because a primary psychological need will be addressed. This is also true because many religions are built on ritual, and if the ritual becomes without emotional meaning, then it won't be practiced.

2. Suicide will become pospular, because, its not really killing yourself, is it? It becomes a form of protest, as suicide, often is already.

3. Homicide becauses more popular then it already is because, "Hey, I really didn't kill anyone because they still exist virtually. Go ask them yourselves if they think I killed them? I killed a body, yes, out of spite however they are still fully here virtually."

4. Governments try to control populations with promises and delivery of a true eternal hell, where the uploaded personalities will endure the torments of the damned perpetually, unless there is a merciful electricity blackout. This is known as Rokko's Basilisk, if I remember correctly. The Kim regime in North Korea would love to do this, if they could, as would various Islamist regimes. I might also guess this could re-permiate factions of fundamentalist Christianity?

5. For the virtually uploaded, they would have their own economy, perhaps computing cycles? Some business people would run the solar system (mining?) from their virtual space, and pay robots and humans forth their work, oerhaps with computing cycles again. Ha ha.

Any more possibilities? instellar travel by Virches? Off earth repositories for Backups, stored in the solar system in underground bunkers. Talk about Disaster Recovery, now. Mergings of minds (over centuries) I guess? Zombie personalities emerge out of virch to take over human bodies and go on a rampage grrrrr! maybe as a Halloween prank? A lot of plays and writings will go by the wayside as later generations adapt to living till the mountains crumble, and the emotions attached with croaking becomes unreal to them. I would say that despite my negativity it beats dying or have friends and family die on you (usually!). This uploading thing would be a blessing, all in all.

To quote Frank Sinatra in his Rat Pack days:
You better get busy living, because dying's a pain in the ass.
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