In a blog post, engineer and futurist Ian Pearson speculates that cloud technology will be the key to immortality. However, this form of immortality isn’t traditional—Pearson describes a near future in which we integrate our consciousnesses with technology to the point where our minds use the external space as much as our own brains and bodies. By 2050, he predicts, we will be able to seamlessly transition from relying on our natural biology to being able to function perfectly in virtual realities servers or android bodies.
In a scenario reminiscent of a Black Mirror episode, Pearson writes: "One day, your body dies and with it your brain stops, but no big problem, because 99% of your mind is still fine, running happily on information technology, in the cloud."
This utopia, Pearson warns, is not without its dystopian considerations. What comes to mind first is who will own the android bodies and cloud servers. Will companies like Google, Apple, or Facebook own the technology and charge us rent for them?
Pearson also imagines scenarios in which companies replicate people’s minds and use them as slave labor.
With these possibilities in mind, perhaps immortality isn’t as desirable as it seems.
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