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(Huffington Post)   Good: Stephen Hawking claims brain can be copied to computer. Fark: it acts a lot like Windows   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 6
    More: Unlikely, Stephen Hawking, laws of science, human brains, computers, Windows  
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2013-10-02 06:01:01 PM  
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fluffy2097: If George Washington's Axe had it's head replaced twice, and it's shaft replaced 5 times, is it still George Washington's Axe?  Yes.


Depends on when those pieces were replaced. If they were replaced after they'd left GW's possession (say, damaged in a museum several times and pieces replaced to "fix" it) then no, it isn't; there isn't a single part of that object that was owned, used, or handled by GW, so it cannot in any way be considered "George Washington's axe". It is a replica of his axe. The fact that the handle was his when the head was replaced (years after his death, just to put the time constraint on it) doesn't imbue the head with some mystical "his-ness" that can then be transferred to a new handle.
2013-10-01 01:09:22 PM  
1 votes:
Sorry, Stephen, you're still dead. All you've done is make a copy of yourself.
2013-10-01 09:40:53 AM  
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Linux_Yes: as long as the computer is running Linux, no problem.  i'd be afraid to be copied to a windows machine.  too many conflicting apps, infections, fragmented files, ads, pop ups, slow downs over time, registration/licensing issues, overcharges, etc, etc.


thankfully, Linux has never done any of this to my PC.  so i would be comfortable with my mind in it too.



oh, and the Linux kernel doen'st give me blue screens of death.   at the worst, i might have to close down and restart a frozen application. but the OS keeps on running.  helpful if you have your mind in ram.
2013-10-01 09:38:49 AM  
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as long as the computer is running Linux, no problem.  i'd be afraid to be copied to a windows machine.  too many conflicting apps, infections, fragmented files, ads, pop ups, slow downs over time, registration/licensing issues, overcharges, etc, etc.


thankfully, Linux has never done any of this to my PC.  so i would be comfortable with my mind in it too.
2013-10-01 09:31:06 AM  
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Wolf892: Sounds like Mr. Hawking is starting to create his own scientific based religion around the afterlife. As he gets older and closer to death that creeping fear of oblivion starts to skew his perception of reality and he will succumb to the same flights of fancy as those who devote themselves to theology.


He's been a bit off the rails for a while.  The last "revelation" he came up with had to do with alternate universes being the answer to the problem he was working on.  The audience of course was underwhelmed because there's zero proof of any universe existing aside from this one.  I feel bad for the guy, he's stuck in that body, and he probably figures that his only worth is being "that braniac guy".  But he's probably run out of ideas and feels compelled to validate his existence, even if it means making shiat up, and lying to himself about the importance of his most recent "theories".
2013-10-01 09:17:37 AM  
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Copying your brain into a computer might be good for other people if they like you, but not for you. You won't go with it.
 
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