jack_arcalon


the Simple Immortality Plan

An anthropic philosopher in a race against time.


your most probable afterlife
jack_arcalon
In the novel Infinite Thunder it was first mentioned that a type of technical immortality may be inevitable.
This is true even if technology doesn't advance fast enough to save the brain patterns of anyone alive.
There are many other ways: Wikipedia lists Boltzmann Brains and Quantum Immortality.

We should only worry about the most common reconstruction methods for now. Those are the ones we could expect to experience if human progress stagnates.
The most likely brain pattern recreation involves random chance, but not pure chance.
Specifically, a near-future 'ancestor simulation' of the type discussed earlier.

Most such experiments won't occur in our own future, but in similar timelines. There are far more of those. It all comes together, doesn't it.
This is likely to happen as soon as the technology exists, in a future with fewer ethics concerns (perhaps a Chinese-led world state or libertarian anarchy).
By chance, countless versions of this experiment will create an accurate human brain simulation set in their own (possible or alternate) past.
That makes it a virtual afterlife.

It's easier said than done. With current hardware, it would take an airport-sized array of noisy machines just to simulate the perception of a moment of perfect silence.
Fabulously expensive, it would serve the interests of its researchers instead of its subject. No supermodels or hero fantasies.

It would start by simulating simple activities of daily living, then combine them into real-life settings. The design would be based upon many actual human brains.
The simulation would assume a life of its own, making it hard to manipulate without crashing. The subject would be almost as free as when they were alive.
Only their environment could be manipulated.

The easiest such manipulation might be to mirror reality. If you ever wake up and everything looks bizarrely different, check if letters have been reversed.
There has never been a paranormal claim of that type.
It should be relatively easy to find flaws in such early, primitive simulations. They would barely be accurate enough to fool their subjects.
Easier to reset them in the event of glitches, or to keep things boring to discourage glitches. It's fun to invent glitch tests and experiments, but somehow Mandy Moore never shows up.

However, eventually the simulators might decide to release the simulation in a virtual world of its own choosing.
That would be a true afterlife.

We may as well take control of this process.
A wealthy benefactor (or a quantum lottery) could fund the first ancestor simulation project, and promise to make the simulation as meaningful as possible for its randomly generated subject. This process should be started long before the technology is ready.
Every participant could expect to be recreated in some future timeline.
It could be the start of a new religion.

related:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boltzmann_brain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_immortality
http://www.reddit.com/r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

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