The science behind the following proposal is still a few weeks off, but pretend for a moment that the future is now.
**The Setup:**Today, we know exactly how the brain works as an organ, and we fully understand the nature of consciousness. Our grasp of memory is so complete that we can actually create artificial memories–it’s tricky, but not an uncommon practice in the more upscale travel agencies.
Concurrent with the brain stuff, computer stuff has come a long way as well. The entirety of an average human mind can fit on a 3-D crystaline memory device roughly the size of a baseball. One advantage this storage device has over the older magnetic devices is that it is, comparatively speaking, immune to data loss. It’s not perfect, but it’s far better than 20th century data storage and notably superior to biological devices. CPUs and data access are at least as fast as a human brain in cheaper machines, and deluxe models are, well, mind-blowing.
You have the opportunity, for a mere 30,000 quatloos, to transfer the data contents of your current brain into the above technology. The transfer destroys the biological component so there’s no going back. It’s been done before, and the result was the receiving hardware expressed amazement and swore up and down it worked as advertised–the person’s mind was now in the box and experiencing fabulous memory retention and recall.
Would you do it? How about if your computer were linked to an autonomous…oh hell, they’ll stick it in a mid-sized android for another 30,000 quatloos.