If You Upload Your Mind to a Computer, are You Still You?

One of the most mind-bending far future predictions you’ll hear from some futurists is this: Eventually, the technology will exist to copy your brain (every bit of data that makes you, you) onto a computer.

Technical details and exact predictions aside (the concept is still firmly science fiction) mind uploading makes for a fascinating and disturbing thought experiment. If you had the power to upload yourself, would you?

The story is set in the near future where experimental technology allows two detectives to bring a murder victim back to life in a digital state in order to question him about his final moments. “I’m excited about the idea of copying memories into code,” says M. F. Wilson, also the visionary behind the cult graphic novel Fluorescent Black published by Heavy Metal Magazine. “Imagine for a second that, after your body dies, you can go on living in a digital state. This technology, which is currently on the horizon, will challenge our definitions of life and death. It makes a great basis for a high-tech crime story.”

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Jean-Rémi

New Media journalist and Publisher

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