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May 28, 2015

Immortal But Damned to Hell on Earth


So let us imagine inconceivably durable hardware that holds a human consciousness.
This computer is attached to a generator that runs off of nuclear waste as it decays. Thus it is deep in a vault in the earth, but attached to the rest of humanity via cables. For 100 years, the disembodied mind revels in all she can explore: the sum of human knowledge; every other uploaded consciousness; and this universe of diverting data just keeps expanding with every day.
Then a super-volcano explodes.
All embodied human life is extinguished. Most disembodied life is destroyed too. But not the computer deep in the bunker of nuclear waste. - The Atlantic

Posted by gerardvanderleun at May 28, 2015 8:36 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Oh boy. Immortality. As if going through life one time wasn't bad enough.
I wouldn't care to do it and, well, there are some folks that I sure wouldn't want to do it either.
Just think: something like this will cost lotsa money. You know any rich people that you like enough to grant them immortality?
And picture the caretakers of this operation: double-digit floor sweepers and cleaners and "Oops tripped on that plug Harry".
"Huh? It's lunch time, we can plug it back in after".
And to be honest, in all my years so far I have never met a person that I like more than I like myself.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 28, 2015 8:57 AM

...so the computer would be stuck there all alone. No one to talk to. Bummer. Next sci-fi speculation?


Posted by: John M [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 28, 2015 9:15 AM

Here we go again, mucking up meanings, or rather demeaning them. When did information and data become mind?

Are 'talking points' artificial intelligence, or a sign of mental decay to thoughtless information excretion?

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 28, 2015 10:08 AM

I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: http://hermiene.net/short-stories/i_have_no_mouth.html

Posted by: Harry [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 28, 2015 1:41 PM

It looks so funny

Posted by: sampath [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2015 12:33 PM

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