Life after death
The most-shared link in my Twitter feed yesterday was almost certainly the story of Nectome, a startup that wants to upload people’s brains to a computer… after killing them
The premise shows even the more extreme fantasies in Black Mirror aren’t necessarily that far away.
“The idea is that someday in the future scientists will scan your bricked brain and turn it into a computer simulation. That way, someone a lot like you, though not exactly you, will smell the flowers again in a data server somewhere,” writes MIT Technology Review.
I’m generally an early adopter, but even if this worked on living people (and there’s no proof it works at all yet) I think I’ve finally found some technology I would’t try. Maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I believe our memories and personalities should die at the same time as our bodies.
Sure, maybe your ‘digital ghost’ will have a good time in a Sim City-like virtual world in decades to come, but it’s not actually you. There’s an argument that this could help with the grieving process after someone dies, but is that really healthy in the long run?
In all, it feels a little egotistical to inflict a simulation of yourself on the world so you can have a vague approximation of everlasting life.