Stephen Hawking predicts that digital mind uploading may be possible, just not anytime soon. It is obvious that humanity is on the verge of unlocking the mysteries of the mind. We may unlock the key to digital immortality as well. Humanity appears to be destined to become immortal consciousness in one form or another.
According to The Telegraph:
Prof Hawking was speaking after the premiere of a new biopic about his life, which he narrates himself, at the Cambridge Film Festival. Asked about whether a person’s consciousness can live on after they die, he said:
“I think the brain is like a programme in the mind, which is like a computer, so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death. However, this is way beyond out present capabilities. I think the conventional afterlife is a fairy tale for people afraid of the dark.”
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[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”055338466X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51UfvNQsMgL._SL160_.jpg” width=”107″]What is consciousness? What will happen when we try to upload the mind into a digital substrate. Will it work? Will it be the same consciousness? Will it be more like a clone? The questions and implications are boundless, and we may find the answer to a question humanity has wanted to know forever. We may finally unlock the mystery of consciousness.
Digital immortality looks like a real possibility.