Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by ethics, Aug 27, 2016.
Some fantasticyet realistic questions...
The Future of Self
The Future of Self
See, doing drugs can make the author think really deep thoughts. The part dealing with moving thoughts and personalities between self and computer or between self and another person is really over complicated. You are yourself even if you change it as he describes, I think, therefore I am.
The second part about the amount of information is awe inspiring at first. Then you realize that the first caveman who drew on a cave wall had an inspiration. Every advance was made by the most inquisitive. Today the number of people who can sit at their computer and "only" shop or "only" watch porn is vastly more than the number of people who use it to learn about the world around them. We have more information available but the percentage of people who will advance humanity by its use is probably no more than for Neanderthals.
Not sure I agree on this point. As a society we are already more intelligent than people were 100 years ago (on average). Exponentially so than a 1000 years ago. As we become more aware, less ignorant, more intelligent in many facets of our lives, we advance our entire societies. This may come at a slower pace than we want to, but change is inevitable.
While it may be possible someday to "download" yourself to a computer, it's doubtful the essence in what makes you, "you", can be replicated.
That's religion talking, Tom. I disagree. There's nothing special that can NOT be replicated if it's done a DNA strand at a time.
I'm not so sure unless the "computer" we're talking about has gone beyond silicon (such as DNA computing).
Yeah, we are talking something we won't see in our lifetime (despite what the writer of that column states). There's a paragraph or two on teleportation. I think it asks an amazing question:
But... Is it actually murder when you have the ability to do this?
For if you truly were "killed" at the start of the teleportation, you'd still be dead upon your arrival at the distant end.
Ah, man...its been around for years. It's called a transporter. I first saw in on NCC-1701 back in the sixties.
Now you are thinking deeper! I like it.
Aren't we assuming that these people will be the last word in sheeple? No way would I trust anyone with my brain, let alone the rest of my body. What if they decided not to reassemble me on Mars, but didn't tell me about it?
Well, as Kirk said in Wrath of Kahn, "Then this will be your big chance to get away from it all."
Naw. Just thinking logically. For if teleportation were to come to being, the process would have to suspend the life process during the seconds needed to accomplish the teleportation.
To say you're murdered because your body was obliterated means he didn't take the thought process far enough as to what's required for teleportation.
Now, if as Allene fears, you were not "reassembled" THEN you have a case of murder.
But..... If there's no body, how do you prove it?
There's also a Theseus's paradox here. If you're reassembled at the destination with a different set of atoms than the ones that you were composed of on Earth, is it still you?
My man, you didn't read me quoting that article. Post #7
I did, but I wanted to explicitly mention this famous philosophical paradox by name (which you didn't! ).
Thinking outside the box, this teleportation's first application should be in the medical field. When you reassemble me give me a cancer free prostate. Oh, and fix the nerves in my back that affect my balance. I will leave it at that but oh, the applications that are possible.