The Future of Self
Imagine this: there’s a machine that can download your brain onto a computer and save it as a file. All of your hopes, dreams, aspirations, memories, dirty secrets, and kinky fantasies are right there in that file and can be loaded up into a program that would turn the computer into a perfect, if temporary, synthetic replication of "you."
The computer could then do basic tasks that you find boring with the exact same tastes and preferences as yourself. It could find and order a new rug for the living room, do research for a project at work, do your taxes, calculate savings for your kids' college fund, all while you sleep or sit on the couch and get fat.
In a sense, it would be "you," yet it would reside completely outside of your body and conscious awareness.
Now imagine that this same program allows you to alter "you." You can delete some traumatic memories, tweak your self-esteem a bit, remove a bad habit and install a couple new good ones. Then you can plug the computer back into your head and download the new "you" in a matter of seconds, just like Neo in The Matrix …
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