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Virtual afterlives will transform humanity

Virtual afterlives will transform humanity | Outbreaks of Futurity | Scoop.it

The question is not whether we can upload our brains onto a computer, but what will become of us when we do

 


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Mlik Sahib's curator insight, December 18, 2013 7:49 PM

"In the real world, two people can share experiences and thoughts. But lacking a USB port in our heads, we can’t directly merge our minds. In a simulated world, that barrier falls. A simple app, and two people will be able to join thoughts directly with each other. Why not? It’s a logical extension. We humans are hyper-social. We love to network. We already live in a half-virtual world of minds linked to minds. In an artificial afterlife, given a few centuries and few tweaks to the technology, what is to stop people from merging into überpeople who are combinations of wisdom, experience, and memory beyond anything possible in biology? Two minds, three minds, 10, pretty soon everyone is linked mind-to-mind. The concept of separate identity is lost. The need for simulated bodies walking in a simulated world is lost. The need for simulated food and simulated landscapes and simulated voices disappears. Instead, a single platform of thought, knowledge, and constant realisation emerges. What starts out as an artificial way to preserve minds after death gradually takes on an emphasis of its own. Real life, our life, shrinks in importance until it becomes a kind of larval phase. Whatever quirky experiences you might have had during your biological existence, they would be valuable only if they can be added to the longer-lived and much more sophisticated machine.

I am not talking about utopia.."

tina bucci's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:38 PM

Very interesting question.

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The Librarian Who Guarded the Manhattan Project's Secrets

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While dodging accusations of communism, Charlotte Serber made the nuclear bomb possible.
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How cult leaders brainwash followers for total control – Alexandra Stein | Aeon Essays

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The brainwashing methods of isolation, engulfment and fear can lead anyone to a cult. I should know – I was in one
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The lost genius of the Post Office

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For almost two centuries, the humble-seeming mail was a hotbed of invention. What happened?
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France’s D.520 Fighter Flew for Many Sides in World War II

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The British had their Spitfire Mark I and II and the Germans had their Messerschmitt Bf.109E — designs that set the standard for high-performance fighters at the beginning of World War II. It’s always been a small consolation to the French that they had just begun to field thei
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The Mysterious Printer Code That Could Have Led the FBI to Reality Winner

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Many color printers embed grids of dots that allow law enforcement to track every document they output.
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ISIS Using Hollywood Movies in Recruiting Propaganda

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Stolen footage and copied scenes from films like 'American Sniper' and 'Hunger Games' are being incorporated inro the terror group's recruitment efforts.
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Iraq’s Close Encounters With Stealth Fighters

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In mid-December 1990, an Iraqi Airways Boeing 747 took off for a flight from Kuwait International — then occupied by Iraqi troops — to Baghdad. The aircraft was piloted by Captain Remzi, former fighter pilot with a long career flying Sukhoi Su-7BMKs and Su-20s during the war with Iran
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The Exquisitely English (and Amazingly Lucrative) World of London Clerks

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It’s a Dickensian profession that can still pay upwards of $650,000 per year.
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The art of nuclear war

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The atom captivated the world in 1939.

Since the discovery of the neutron in the early 1930s, the international scientific community had been racing t
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Americans in Search of Utopia

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The US has experienced two great waves of utopian experimentation—from approximately 1820 to 1850 and 1960 to 1980. While the first was more explicitly
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Priests Bless Server Rooms | Next Nature Network

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Priests are using holy water to bless server rooms to cleanse the space of evil spirits and digital demons: our religion changes along with us.
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The Soviets Made A Real Doomsday Device In The '80s And The Russians Still Have It Today

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During the Cold War, the world went MAD, which means "mutually assured destruction." The concept meant that if your nukes were deployed at my country, ours would automatically be deployed at yours. The technology developed for this fatalistic deterrence system is still around today, as far as we know. In the 1980s, the Soviet Union developed a "doomsday device" they called Система «Периметр», or Perimeter System. It came to be known as Dead Hand. But it was a state secret- th
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Donald Trump Is Building an Alliance of Oil States

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That Donald Trump is a grand disruptor when it comes to international affairs is now a commonplace observation in the establishment media. By snubbing NATO and withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement, we’ve been told, Trump is dismantling the liberal world order created by Franklin D. Roosevelt at th
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I Was The First American Journalist To Visit This Unreal Hidden Car Museum

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SEAT may be one of the biggest carmakers that’s almost unknown in America. They’re sold pretty much everywhere but America, and as a result even American gearheads who are aware of Citroëns and Skodas often forget all about Spain’s biggest carmaker. That’s probably why no American automotive journalists have ever visited SEAT’s wonderful historic collection. Until now, bitches.
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Lockheed will build and fly SR-72 mach 6 prototype in the early 2020s | NextBigFuture.com

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After 50 years, a private company will revive NASA’s “wet workshop”

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A big challenge, but the payoff is incredible: Essentially "free" space stations.
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A Supercomputer Has Created the Largest Virtual Universe Ever Made

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Looking for dark matter takes some mind-blowing computing power.
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The Racist Caricatures of African Soldiers that Soothed French Colonial Anxieties

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With a Weapon and a Grin, a new book by Stephan Likosky, traces the iconography used to infantilize African soldiers who fought in the French army during World War I.
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Fresh Finds at Rome’s Ancient Catacombs

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The Catacombs of Domitilla will reopen in June after a seven-year restoration of two underground burial rooms, along with a new museum.
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History buff confirms 1830 legend of Australian pirates in Japan

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Nick Russell took a close look at contemporary samurai accounts of a strange ship that landed at Mugi port in 1830, and found it corroborated the celebrated legend of convict pirate William Swallow…
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Incidental Detection

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[Image: Aura WiFi burglar alarm]. A new home and office alarm system detects disturbances in WiFi to warn residents of potential burglars. The Aura, as it’s known, picks up “disruptions in the invi…
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History's Deadliest Colors

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Can color kill? Not by itself, but humans love color so much that we are drawn to things that may be really dangerous, just because we like the pretty colors.[https://youtu.be/gKfjHTk8KrY] (YouTube link)The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto. -via Boin
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The Age of Misinformation

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Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Microsoft must recognize a special responsibility for the parts of their services that host or inform public discourse.
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