Creation and transition into virtual reality world is the only true road to everlasting life.
The only true way for eternal life is transition of the human
conscious from material body into the world of virtual reality.
Although modern technology is still far away for achieving this
goal the test for defining a equality of virtual person with
its physical prototype can be defined already setting roadmap
of key technological breakthroughs for transition into virtual worlds.
Our world is as cruel to human being as if specially created
to sadistically enjoy spectacle of slow death agony of intelligence
creature completely recognizing his imminent tragedy.
Any promising escape from trap of our existence that will end
very soon (young man it is really soon believe me, very, very
soon) in dead of principal actor – you will explore as first
task at the tomorrow morning. Talking about hypothesis that our
world is the virtual reality game of other, higher world player
we are not even in the domain of science fiction but in between
somewhere in twilight triangle of mega-church, mental institution
and food supplement telemarketing. Let’s return to the respectful
ground of close horizon science fiction exploring avenue to creation
of virtual, better for us virtual reality instead of our tragic one.
The intelligent person with imagination and almost unlimited
financial recourses must ask himself about what good to have
all these money if in a several blinks of eye he will be corpse.
Ask not to be or not to be, ask how soon not to be. For most
of humans at planet Earth life condition are poor, promises of
prosperous future have happened to be mirage, when politicians
scaring with global catastrophe of climate change followed boiling
oceans covered whole planet the angst of personal finish is not
at focal point of everyday conscious. But what if somebody controls
trillions dollars, broad educated, with vivid imagination and
reasonable healthy to enjoy simple gifts of life? Maybe there
is nobody now at the planet who has all these characteristics.
But what about collectively thousands billionaires? Can they
cooperate to fight death? Maybe, maybe not. Let presume that
answer is yes. They are able to unite resources to find the way
indefinitely prolonging their life. What are their options?
Cloning yourself, waiting clone growth up to 20ish and transplant
your brain (with or without sculpt or spine) into young body
of essentially yourself. It is quite straightforward technology.
I did figure out it practically after very first serious discussions
about cloning in 80th. Then wrote it down and published later
in form of script for action-movie:
. The story of the script is interesting by itself.
It can be read by the link above.
Other promising way to stop or even reverse aging lies in area
of gene engineering. It looks like if to understand mechanism
of human body on the molecular level and figure out why human
body is deteriorated after passing reproductive age then process
of aging can be reversed. There are theories like DNA damaging,
telomere shortening and others not so popular but who knows what
will work until full success will be reached. It is respectful
science that could take forever to produce any result just as
others of global problems like for instance cancer treatment
that not resolved in any kind of finality; fusion power stations
sells nothing to non existed customers (not working after at
least 70 years of intensive research. It is close to solution
forever. Most theoretical problems are understood but looks like
no practical one at horizon); human space exploration did mostly
regress for last decades; high temperature superconductivity
lost any funding to do any progress. The point is that science
can produce the pill against aging sometimes in a future. This
drug can be affordable practically for everybody. But how long
and how much it will take completely unknown entities.
Both avenues for human person self-preservation against aging
described above are in domain of our reality. They can protect
individual from poisoning effect of regular lunching (joke if
somebody didn’t read a humoristic statistical research with conclusion
that cucumbers are deadly toxic because most dead people consumed
them at least one time in life). The brain transplantation or
magic pill cannot protect from close explosion or bullet into
the brain. What if because feeling of invisibility immortal population
stop working, saving, start to reproduce uncontrollable. The
future of society without fear of death is unpredictable and
hedonism is the most optimistic option. Civil war or total anarchy
are extraordinary unhealthy and could lead to premature violent
death even perfectly young individual.
In material reality everything and everybody can be annihilated
into plasma. Material human body is vulnerable, period. What
about conscious, memory, feeling yourself? What about soul? Information
can be preserved by duplications. If human person equal to information
about him the file with this data can be saved in multiple copies
and as such it can be virtual indestructible. If human can be
reduced to very big file containing whole instruction how to
reproduce not only his or her body but also whole experience
and how to put senselessly into environment matching very last
memories in this case even total destructing of the body would
be seemingly reversible. The question is it possible even in principle?
In most science fiction movies about virtual reality these trying
to be believable even for engineers and scientists there is tandem
of human brain and computer (let it be mega-giga like in Matrix
or just super like in “The Thirteen floor”). The mechanism of
human memory is unknown up to now. Would it be otherwise instead
of attending University courses student would swallow the pills
contained full textbooks for specialization. Criminologists cannot
extract neither short no long memories of victim to point out
on killed directly. Memory is still a pure mystery (maybe it
is stored in upper worlds? It is jumping over reasoning to farther chapters.)
The problem of creation impression that user of virtual reality
software operates in other artificially created world is been
solving since the very first movie “The Arrival of the Mail Train”
released in 1896. The technique of replacing stream of signals
from physical world by imaginary one became more and more complete
and convincing. There are only limited channels of information
from outer surrounding into our body and all of them can be simulated.
Some of our senses are easy to trick like sight, hearing and
touch; others traditional two: taste and smell are much more
complex and difficult to reproduce. Non traditional senses: temperature,
balance and acceleration, sexual stimulation can be reproduced
too. The sense of pain is the trickiest one to simulate.
By analogy if soft touch of woman hand can be easy reproduced
by soft touch of silicone covered manipulator any number times
at will, the pain from torturous cutting off the finger can be
simulated by cutting the finger, but only one time or at least
not often if retransplant it back every time. The pain is usually
associated with material damage of the body. Sure there could
be electrodes implanted into main nerves connected to the brain
and sending signals analogous to pain. Simulation of any signals
from outer world into brain is durable even on present level
of scientific understanding and technology development. But method
of the brain replacement is completely inconceivable at current
level of development. It is sort of paradoxical because if we
all can agree that computer processor is analogous of the brain
with exact the same functions – to calculate and remember.
There is no rational argument can be made about what is the principal
difference between the brain and CPU of computer. Nevertheless
none of serious thinkers is willing to proclaim that brain of
specific human can be replaced with computer chip without end
of life for this person. This brings as to the question what is the human?
Alan Turing in 1950 offered the test for recognition of artificial
intellect. If human cannot distinct answers of computer from
answers of other human it means that computer has intellect.
By analogous if one human cannot distinct behavior of robot from
human it would mean that robot is human. Really? There are already
sex robots with artificial intellect. It is obviously that they
can be improved up to the point to be unrecognizable as if to
be humans, will be they humans?
The Turing test is paraphrase of “if it looks like a duck, swims
like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck”.
Most political people using this “duck test” omit the world “probably”
by the way. It is easy to image that human personality can be
simulated for other humans to the point of impossibility to distinct
between prototype and decoy. According to the duck test they
are “probably” equal. Maybe they are, but if you will be presented
by your own copy most possible you will not agree that this copy
is you. What make it tragically comic the reaction of your copy
at you. It will also definitely says that you not him, that he
is original. And all others would have no ability to distinct
except X-ray that is not commonly available. What if the action
scene is court room where you are convicted and it is invaded
of ten copies of yours? Just kidding.
The ultimate test for true virtual reality must be like following
experiment: The person lives regular life except that when goes
to sleep randomly on chosen number of days his brain is put into
medically induced comma. When the brain is in coma virtual replica
of the person is complete physically disconnected from the brain
and functioning separately inside virtual reality exclusively
as computer software. Then after some period before the brain
is awaking from the coma experience of the software replica of
the person in virtual world is implanted into the brain. Person
should not be told when he is virtual software and when he is
physical person. The person needs to keep diary with marking
each day as spent in physical world or in virtual software like
reality. If person cannot distinct between these two worlds the
virtual life is as good as real one.
There are several technological barriers on the true virtual
reality that can pass the test above: The first one is the creation
of the software that will behave exactly as physical reality.
In spite that by volume of work to fulfill the task it is mostly
technical by nature. No principal hurtle need to be overcome.
Just enormous project no more.
The second and third operations are noninvasive extracting and
implanting whole conscious and experience including memory from
and into the brain. From scientific and technological points
of view it is impossible at the present level of understanding.
Exact this is the area of science fiction with emphasis with
the word “fiction”.
The reading all information from the brain is not outside of
principal possibility. If to have 3D detector with resolution
on the level of one molecule that will read whole content of
the brain the task can be accomplished. (Take me right. This
is about far in future when instrument with such characteristics
could be developed.) Implanting memories back into brain is even
more challenging. Let say I have no slightest idea how it could
be done if at all. Sort of good news about procedure of implanting
memory back into brain is that for successful test several days
or weeks of new memory would be enough. If memory in human brain
contained in chemical molecules they can be synthesized, if it
is electrical state of neurons they can be rewrote. Easier to
say than to do. I know.
If and when ultimate test of virtual reality will be passed there
will be no reason to return conscious into physical body. Virtual
world can be as interesting and entertaining as one can pay to
develop. And it could promise multiple lives to experience in
reincarnation. But this is the matter of other chapters.
Nov. 10, 2018; 18:33 EST