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Copying Human Consciousness to Machines on a Worldwide Scale is Needed: Benefits Outweigh the Risks

Gritten, Sky D
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To copy human consciousness means to replicate someone’s senses, memories, their ability to reason, make decisions, to imagine new possibilities, their emotions, and process new information. Human consciousness may be stored in a hard drive device or on a glass disc that is accessed through a cloud service or internal-based storage machine. Striving to understand the mechanisms of human consciousness so that it can be preserved...is one of the most important scientific advances needed for humanity as a whole. To preserve human consciousness for future generations is, in itself, a form of immortality, and could allow brilliant minds to continue creating positive change long after they are dead. Since technology makes exponential positive advancement every year, we need to consider the future of human progress as a starting point. This paper explores the ethical concerns of copying consciousness with hypothetical situations. Additionally, this paper points out the potential negative consequences of allowing global access to consciousness replication. In conclusion, this paper shows how the potential benefits outweigh the concerns for copying consciousness.
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University of Wyoming. Libraries