Replicas (2018, starring Keanu Reeves) – Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKdpGHazAqs Disclaimer: this is not an analysis of the plot, cinematography, execution or characters of Replicas but solely a review of the technology, with the plot supplied for your understanding. A brief plot summary of Replicas William Foster (Keanu Reeves), a…

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Is ‘The Matrix’ inevitable?

When evaluating the probability of us creating a simulation, not unlike that in 'The Matrix' or already being in one, we must look at two factors: possibility and plausibility. Obviously, if such a system logically cannot exist then it does…

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Six Disaster Scenarios with Digital Immortality

As with most technological revolutions, a great leap in benefiting society can also create a new platform to threaten it. Traditional automobiles bring both easy travel and deadly pollution; social media helps to connect people by selling their data to…

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Neuralink Announcement – what can we expect?

What to expect in the Neuralink announcementRecently, Neuralink has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday, 16th July. While we await this Neuralink announcement, we can only speculate about what it might entail. What is almost guaranteed, however, is that the announcement…

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Medicine vs Maintenance: the end of Healthcare?

Medicine vs MaintenanceThe topic of medicine vs maintenance may seem nonsensical, and historically it would have been. Surely something that needs medicine doesn't need maintenance and vice versa, right? Well, thanks to modern advancements in artificial limb and organ technology,…

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USS Callister – Black Mirror – Review

The Premise of USS CallisterUSS Callister is the first episode of the fourth season of Black Mirror. Set around the 2030s or 2040s (deduced from technology shown), this episode features digitally uploaded coworkers being forced to play a Star Trek…

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Digital Immortality: the Class Divide Problem

The Class Divide Problem is a huge problem. This little quote is just to highlight that. Oppression of almost any group is not only possible but easy if digital immortality remains in the hands of a select few... The Class Divide…

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Identity as a Digital Being: Who even are we?

Traditional interpretations of identityTraditionally, Identity has been almost entirely about who a person is and what groups they fall into. For all of human history we have defined people as things like 'Jew', 'male', 'black', 'straight', 'liberal', 'nerd' and so…

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Our Curious World (EP 17) – Podcast

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBekkTqsYs4&t=383sOur Curious World - Digital ImmortalityOur Curious World is a podcast hosted by Krisitan Lander. In this episode, 'Digital Immortality', I (Loui) talked with Kristian about this blog, my inspiration and what I think will happen in relation to the…

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Customisation of a Digital Being

The current model: Limiting factors Human bodies are fairly limited in their ability to be customised. Biological factors are the main dictator in this regard and things like the need for air, food, toxin removal and a constant healthy blood…

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San Junipero – Black Mirror – Review

San Junipero is S03 E04 of Netflix's Black Mirror. The episode is set in a simulated reality seaside town in 1987 but actually takes place just beyond the foreseeable future. The episode takes the perspective of dying lesbian paraplegic, Yorkie,…

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Sex and Sexuality as a Digital Being

This content is MATURE and not recommended for children! The modern purpose and practice of sex Historically, and indeed biologically, sexual intercourse has generally been for the purpose of having children alone. Humans are among the few animals that choose…

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Digital Immortality: the Death of Democracy

There are many things capable of causing the death of democracy, some more avoidable than others. However, without regulation or some establishment of control, any number of these worst-case scenarios would be practically guaranteed. Before all that, it is important…

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Playtest – Black Mirror – Review

Playtest is Season 3 Episode 2 of Netflix's Black Mirror series. Another brilliant piece of work written by Charlie Brooker and directed by Dan Trachtenberg, Playtest features an American traveller who signs up to beta test a revolutionary new form…

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Selling your Mind and Configurable Brains

Supposedly, after a person had uploaded their brain to digital form, they would have a comprehensive virtual copy. This copy could be analysed and separated into its constituent brain regions. Theoretically, these regions could be replaced with regions from other…

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Murder and Copied Consciousness

Murder is a well-known uniquely biological crime where one person kills another. This shouldn't apply to someone who is immortal via uploading their brain, but this idea is not as simple as it may seem. There has been a fair…

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The Universal Risk of Mind Uploading

Mind uploading will be the biggest change ever to the way people live, ushering in a fully digital era. One component of this will inevitably be the societal, economic and political risks and struggles. We will list what we think…

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Neural Lace vs Uploading Your Brain

What is Neuralink's 'Neural Lace'?NeuralinkLet's start off with Neuralink. Neuralink is Elon Musk's very secretive company that describes itself as "Developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers." As put in SXSW, we currently have very low bandwidth,…

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Seven Reasons to Upload your Brain

We have often discussed the positive impacts of uploading a person's brain, from the positive environmental impact to the fully simulated gaming realities. This list compiles what I think are the top seven reasons to upload your brain to digital…

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Seven Reasons not to Upload your Brain

Let's first outline a few parameters. I am fully aware that many people would never upload their brain due to various reasons. However, many of these ideas have already been addressed in my posts on Metaphysics and Social Trends so I will…

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The Conflict Landscape with Digital Beings

A (brief) overview of conflictWhy do we have conflicts?There is generally a magnitude of reasons for conflict, though the psychology behind it is fairly well understood and is observed in many places. The largest psychological effect involved here is called…

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Digital Beings in a Sustainable Future (Part 4)

This is part 4 in our series about the role of digital beings in a sustainable future. Click here to read part 1, here for part 2 and here for part 3.Soil contamination and quality:Soil pollution, despite being little talked about, is still a considerably…

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Digital Beings in a Sustainable Future (Part 3)

This is part 3 in our series about the role of digital beings in a sustainable future. Click here to read part 1, and here for part 2.Water pollution:Unlike climate change and air pollution, water pollution does not directly affect people, but instead indirectly…

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Digital Beings in a Sustainable Future (Part 2)

This is part 2 in our series about the role of digital beings in a sustainable future. Click here to read part 1.Air pollution:Problems with air pollutionVery much like climate change, air pollution's effects are gradual and not obvious, but it affects…

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