This category includes posts about the effects of digital immortality on society, including how people will respond to the technology and how the general social politics changes.

In summary, we think that for the first decades, society will be divided over the technology, with many saying digital beings aren’t real people and may be led to take violent action against digital beings and the technology. This group is likely to be comprised of religious fundamentalists, those who feel oppressed or marginalised, and extreme political groups.

In the long term, however, it is highly likely that society will have accepted the technology and a significant proportion of humanity will be comprised of digital beings. This is something we see happening within a few centuries of the technology being released to the public, though this is just a guess and the actual time taken for acceptance may be sooner or later depending on biological resistance.

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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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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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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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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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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Social Trends with Digital Immortality

Previous social trendsEscaping isolationismFrom the earliest recorded human history, we can gather some ideas of how society functioned and social trends. Many ideas from this time were restricted to the region it is from and took a long time to…

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Digital Immortality: the Solution to the AI Problem?

What is the AI problem?In short, the AI problem is the uprising of artificially intelligent machines. This is a mainstay for popular culture, making appearances in things like the 'Terminator' series, the 'Matrix' series, 'Ex Machina', 'iRobot' and 'Avengers: Age…

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Regulating Digital Immortality

Digital Immortality would perhaps be the single most revolutionary inventions in the history of the human race. As with all technological revolutions, it would also bring with it perhaps the single greatest legal challenge in human history, up there with…

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Gaming with a Digital Brain

The gaming industry, currently worth over £100 billion, has constantly been using cutting-edge technology to provide the best experience. At the same time, artificial intelligence has begun to displace human experts. With the release of new forms of gaming and…

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