Digital Consciousness ‘IF’ Technological life after death?


Life after death is a question as old as humanity
The afterlife comes in many forms, these are shaped and defined by the beliefs you hold
in life. The idea of what happens to consciousness
when we die has, for most of our history, been the realm of religion and spirituality. But now science is joining this group. A recent scientific breakthrough meaning your
thoughts and memories could be read after your death. Welcome to If videos on the strange and unusual
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bell to be notified each and every time a new video is posted. This idea sounds like something torn from
the pages of a comic book or a science fiction novel. From the cookies a technology that stores
a person’s mind featured in the hit TV show “Black Mirror” to the personality storing
device inserted into a person’s neck in the Netflix hit that was “Altered Carbon”
the shows idea of ‘stacks’ making it possible to swap memories and minds between bodies. Science fiction has long asked the question
of what makes us, us, and what would or could happen if technology was able to store, copy
or transplant that information into a machine or another body. Many of you may have thought that this technology
is centuries away and that dealing with the consequences that this could have on society
would fall on the shoulders of our descendants. But no! The technology is here today, well almost. An Israeli team of scientist have recently
discovered that memories leave a genetic mark on our brains. This being the first step of a theory that
says we will be able to read, replay and store these memories. Dr. Clea Warburton from the University of
Bristol says the proposal is fascinating, she added that the download would have to
take place immediately at the time of death as proteins found in the brain degrade very
quickly when a person dies. These proteins she mentions are known to be
a major part of the mechanism used by the brain when it creates new memory pathways
in the mind. This idea was tested by taking the ever unfortunate
test subjects ‘rats’ and subjecting them to pleasure and pain. These rats were given everything from painful
illnesses to hits of cocaine all to see how these brain proteins reacted. The rats were then killed and dissected as
the scientist looked into which genes were seen to express change, changes occurred in
seven areas of the brain. These areas were known to be used in memory
formation and included the hippocampus and the amygdala. A pattern was observed on the rat’s brains
and this lead the team to the idea that a rats memories could be mapped with 90% accuracy. These are the first steps in understanding
genetic encoding when it comes to memory, and the team have plans to continue research
with the end goal being to test this theory first on live animals but ultimately on humans. This technology must make us the question,
what is consciousness? Is it something that can exist without memory
or is our consciousness made from memories? Both questions have huge implications to this
technology and to us as people. Recent research states, an identity defined
by morals stands not by memories. Bobby Azarian writes:
“It appears that it is not our intelligence or our knowledge of the past that defines
us, but instead our moral behavior. Essentially, identity is not what we know,
but what we stand for.” Others would disagree with this idea, and
say Consciousness could not exist because the only things you could “experience” would
not have any context. It would simply be an endless flow of sensory
information and automatic motor response. I think this highlights one thing, we still
cannot define what makes something conscious and until we can I think that technologies
like this should be put on hold. If or when we create devices that can replay
memory would we actually be creating a new consciousness? If this technology is conscious what rights
would it have, would deleting or altering it not be akin to mental torture and abuse? These are complex questions and we haven’t
even mentioned the religious aspects of this, a person soul. If scientist move forward with this where
do you see this technology leading? Do you think that memory is what make consciousness? Would you be willing to have your memories’
mapped upon death? Let me know in the comments below. Done forget to stick around and maybe take
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8 thoughts on “Digital Consciousness ‘IF’ Technological life after death?

  1. Thank you for all of your steady insight, ideas with advanced learning to help my experience to turning into more consciously cognizant and therefore spiritually connected.

  2. I really wish, that I could upload my mind in to a robot and live as long sa I want, not having to obey the decay.. You should propably copy Your mind now and keep updating it regulary, as long as You are alive "naturally".. would be weird if You had updated Your mind when You were 30, and lived to be 70-80, but everyone You knew, had updated themselves up to 70-80 year olds.. You'd miss 40-50years inbetween.. maybe not even know half of the people, who knew You, like grandchildren, great grandchildren, that would def mess with Your mind.. Great video, Thank You! 🙂

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