Summer Series: Why Mind Uploading Might be a Bad Idea

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  1. I think the issue is that there is no objective fact of the matter on whether the uploaded mind is the same person. If the uploaded version is adequately reproducing the mental processing of the original, then that mind will consider itself the original person. If the scanning process was destructive, there will be no one around to challenge the uploaded mind’s perception. If the scanning process was non-destructive, there may be a fight on who gets to control the checking account, among many other things.

    With a non-destructive process, it might be in society’s best interest to require that mind copies can only be stored for backup as long as the original is alive. When the original is approaching death, as they start to lose consciousness, they can look at it in one of two ways: that they are dying and a copy of them will live on, or that they will soon be waking up in a virtual environment or new body. Both views would be valid.

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