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Would you upload your mind into a machine?
Sci-fi

wicked
Jul 11, 2008
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Yes, I would abandon my fleshy body for a better one.


wicked
Jul 11, 2008
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You remain you, whether you have two, four or fifty hands, eyes or feet, or whether it's a squishy brain or a microchip that is housing your consciousness, right?

Advantages of upload:

-Immortality (unaging, and if the body is destroyed there's a great chance to salvage the brain equivalent out of the wreckage)
-Much stronger physically and mentally (more efficient artificial brain)
-Connect to other human/machines on a telepathy-like level
-Design my body to whatever specifications I wish
-Can enjoy a wider spectrum of experiences through simulations in my artificial brain that simulate sensations and stuff.

 
wicked
Jul 12, 2008
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-Your biological brain is just as prone to "corruption", by drugs, alzheimer and diseases. Unlike an artificial brain, you can't create back ups for your memory/personality traits.

-not neccessarily, you could have your body made from some kind of lightweight plastic. Even if you do sink, you won't die, and can be salvaged.

-That's why you have antiviruses and stuff. No more danger than catching a bio-disease, and probably easier to cure than stuff like AIDS.

-You could create sensors that register molecules and translate them to taste or smell, I guess.

 
wicked
Aug 14, 2008
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The fact is that the brain somehow manages to do it. If a brain can do it, a computer can do it. The brain is nothing more than an advanced organic computer. Same thing can be said about taste buds (organic sensors).

 
wicked
Aug 08, 2008
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No, you WOULD be actually tasting and smelling, if a proper program in your mind translates that data into the relevant sensations. If you would be able to see and hear and not merely "register the object's spacial coordinates and measurements" or "register the pitch and frequency of sound waves" then there's no reason why you won't be able to taste or smell.

 
wicked
Aug 19, 2008
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I have also yet to see a process that allows one to copy his brain into a machine, but yet we're discussing this right now. It's theoretically possible for a computer to replicate ALL brain functions and much more. The fact that computers work on binary code is a strength, not a weakness - it makes a computer much more flexible than the human brain. If the binary is complex enough, it will (and in some areas already does) surpass the human mind.

 
dkturner
Aug 24, 2009
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Immortality. Is this even a question? :-) Who says we're supposed to die?

 
joryrferrell
Jan 18, 2011
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As long as I had a damn good reason for doing so....living on another planet for instance.

 
mrguy
Jul 31, 2011
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Although I voted for fleshiness, I want people to stop hating on machines. Here are some good reasons to become machines:

-You can creep fleshies out with evil, monotonous laughs and nonexistent cake.

-Your consciousness will stay intact as long as you "back yourself up".

-Mankind will become much more rational and scientific, so less wars will ensue trivial disputes.

Here are some reasons to stay in your natural body:

-You can authentically taste, hear, smell, and feel emotions.

-You will have true human ingenuity, instead of the endless, rythmic, NOT random creative algorithm that systematically gets solutions and ideas, but is not truly imaginative because of wirings instead of synapses.

-It is very possible the robot people will go rogue on your biological brethren and take over the world in a fit of homicide. That is the extremely irrational and ugly side of the machine.

This was a two-sided argument, but try to be more open minded to machinism.


 
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No, I like being human thank you very much.


unlabled00
Jul 12, 2008
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Disadvantages:

Your hard-drive (brain) just got corrupted... reformat?

You fall into a pool/lake/ocean... you sink.

You connect to another machine and receive a nasty case of the Herpes Virus... shame on you for not using a firewall.

Is a computer able to register taste or smell?

 
brivapor
Jul 11, 2008
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just make sure you dont piss the wrong people off
you could find yourself alive for eternity in somebodies computer generated hell

 
sander
Jul 12, 2008
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My computer has a trojan right now, and so far it's been about as easy to cure as aids. :P

 
unlabled00
Jul 13, 2008
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But you wouldn't ACTUALLY be able to taste or smell... just register what the item's chemical composition is :P

 
stetri
Jul 15, 2008
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I'll take human and a side order of pain please. It lets me know I'm alive :).

 
unlabled00
Aug 09, 2008
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Pitch and frequency, and anything readily measured are easy to observe. Taste is not. You can idenfity what chemicals are present but without a baseline of what the chemical tastes like you'll have no sense of taste. Same goes for smell, which comes from the oil particles in the air.

 
unlabled00
Aug 15, 2008
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I have yet to see a computer that can replicate biological processes with equal precision to the human body. The human body is infinitely more complex than supercomputers, as it comes down to way more than just series of binary.

 
unlabled00
Aug 20, 2008
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So why not just make it a debate on whether or not you'd become imortal if you want to.

By eliminating ANY negative effects from the switch theres no point to this debate.

 
brittw
Aug 24, 2009
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I would much rather be human. To live and die as I am supposed to instead of living forever as a machine that possesses only my mind. The machine wouldn't have a heart or a soul. The thoughts wouldn't even technically belong to me anymore. The machine wouldn't be me. It would be just that.A machine trying to imitate me.

 


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