“It is sometimes a sad life, and it is a long life:” Artificial Intelligence and Mind Uploading in World of Tomorrow
|“The world of tomorrow” was the motto of the
1939 New York World’s Fair
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“One day, when you are old enough, you will be impregnated with a perfect clone of yourself. You will later upload all of your memories into this healthy new body. One day, long after that, you will repeat this process all over again. Through this cloning process, Emily, you will hope to live forever.”
|One possible method for creating a digital copy of a human brain
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In the film, mind uploading is depicted as a way for people to attempt to achieve immortality through uploading their minds into either a machine or into the brain of a clone of themselves. While current technology is nowhere close to achieving this goal (though some say that it could happen in our lifetimes), advances in neuroscience and computer science have led many to consider this possibility, and discussions of the ethical implications are currently underway.
|The sci-fi trope of the robot apocalypse is often
referenced in discussions about AI
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*As of publication, World of Tomorrow is available to watch on Netflix and Vimeo
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Queen, J. (2017). “It is sometimes a sad life, and it is a long life:” Artificial intelligence and mind uploading in World of Tomorrow. The Neuroethics Blog. Retrieved on , from http://www.theneuroethicsblog.com/2017/10/it-is-sometimes-sad-life-and-it-is-long.html