Okay, we all know the consciousness hypothetical scenario - the one where we wonder whether the the digital/cloned version of ourselves is really us or whether it’s a copy.
Here’s my hypothetical.
Bravo Incorporated has developed a virtual world that is, for its inhabitants, indistinguishable from reality. BI has also developed the means by which humans can upload their consciousness into this virtual world. All of the sci-fi utopian promises inherent in this sort of scenario are present - eternal youth, beauty, and wealth, selective amnesia for infinite variety and pleasure, and so on. There are some harrowing caveats, though.
This is a one-way trip. It has been conclusively proven that “download” from the virtual world and back to the meatspace will never be possible.
This is not strictly an upload and is not strictly a copy/paste operation. The original mind must be conscious during the procedure, and goes through a conscious “death” as a result. The original mind and the copied mind have a consciousness overlap of about five minutes, and communication (via a monitor/speaker setup) is possible during that period. Most importantly, the upload is a distinctly different copy, and while “it” still thinks it’s you, you will die fully aware that your life is ending.
The procedure is fairly taxing on the body’s cardiovascular system, so the poorer your health, the greater likelihood that you’ll lose consciousness during the procedure. If that happens, you simply die.
Assuming that the cost is not prohibitive, would you do it? How late in life would you wait?
I guess I’m asking if you would participate in sci-fi assisted suicide if it meant a computer version of you got to bone sexbots for the rest of eternity? It sounds cheap that way, though.