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The Digital MindHow Science is Redefining Humanity$
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Arlindo Oliveira

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036030

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036030.001.0001

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Challenges and Promises

Challenges and Promises

(p.253) 11 Challenges and Promises
The Digital Mind

Arlindo Oliveira

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Some of the challenges and promises that would stem from the creation of digital minds are presented and discussed. In particular, this chapter addresses the possibility that, in the future, there may exist digital persons, digital minds that have personhood rights and duties. The non-obvious possibilities raised by the creation of digital minds are discussed in some detail, including the possibility of time-travel, eternal life, and unlimited duplication. Many of the questions raised by the existence of digital minds have no obvious solution in our current legal framework, and will need to be addressed in the coming decades. Digital minds may decide to live entirely in virtual reality, using technologies that are now under development. That would raise possibilities that are hard to phantom, given our present day knowledge.

Keywords:   Digital persons, Eternal life, Mind backup, Mind duplication, Virtual reality

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