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Attitudes to life extension via genetic engineering

Patrick O'Neil patrick at corona
Fri Feb 17 16:53:55 EST 1995



On Fri, 17 Feb 1995, Eugen Leitl wrote:

> There can't be any crash since the hardware is very special and has only
> a "Virtual Machine"/Soft Circuit layer: no software, it's all 
> architecture, running a special data structure (me).

No, it would NOT be you.  It would be a machine programed to simulate 
you.  You would be dead and a poor "copy" of you would be used to animate 
a machine.  You are nontransferable.  You cannot be conscious in your 
body one moment, imprint a copy of your personality, etc, on an inanimate 
matrix, and then, viola, be conscious as YOURSELF in a machine.  You ARE 
inseperable from your biochemistry and evolution.  You are NOT a movable 
entity or program that only coincidently presently occupies your 
biological body...you ARE your body.





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