Tag: I see dead people
So, the follow up atheism post will have to wait for now. In the meantime there’s this…
A user on io9 posted a link to something called Lifenaut, which plays with the transhumanist notion of an uploaded or copied consciousness. The idea is that you store a genetic sample in their cryo facility, and program your virtual avatar with your personality and experiences, and as the technology develops, they’ll be able to make a copy of you long after you die. They say it’s like immortality—although I think that’s pretty silly, because a copy of a person is not the original person. Still, the idea of near-perfect simulations of people is intriguing, if somewhat unsettling.
They have created a few historical figures that you can chat with; like primitive AI “constructs” straight out of William Gibson’s Sprawl trilogy. They’re far from perfect: Lifenaut’s Abraham Lincoln just talks like an encyclopedia; replying to anything you say to it/him by reciting irrelevant facts about himself. But Gandhi is a lot more interesting:
The conversation I just had with him is really quite hilarious; and even a little spooky. Spooky, because I recently watched the first episode of “Through the Wormhole,” with Morgan Freeman, in which they talk about cosmology, including the theory that the universe we know is really a clever digital simulation—a matrix of sorts. So, imagine the gymnastics my mind did when AI Gandhi insisted he was the real human, and I was the program… and that’s only the beginning of the weirdness.
Here’s the transcript: (continue reading…)