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3rd Aug '16 4:49:19 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'': Human-made "Smart" [=AIs=] (that is, ones that can learn new information) are created by this method. The resulting [=AIs=] are ''not'' exact copies of their donors (since the uploaded mind will automatically rewrite its neural map into a superior system), but will often retain some memories and sensations from their original humans (for example, [[VideoGame/HaloWars Serina]] remembers kissing a boy and maintains a theoretical interest in chocolate). However, this process kills the brain being uploaded, so only one (known) AI has even been based on a still-living person's mind, Cortana. She was created by flash-cloning Dr. Halsey, removing the clone's brain, and scanning it. It took twenty tries, and for some reason, the resulting AI can't be copied. Indeed, this was part of the reason why self-cloning is technically illegal.

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Human-made "Smart" [=AIs=] (that is, ones that can learn new information) are created by this method. The resulting [=AIs=] are ''not'' exact copies of their donors (since the uploaded mind will automatically rewrite its neural map into a superior system), but will often retain some memories and sensations from their original humans (for example, [[VideoGame/HaloWars Serina]] remembers kissing a boy and maintains a theoretical interest in chocolate). However, this process kills the brain being uploaded, so only one (known) AI has even been based on a still-living person's mind, Cortana. She was created by flash-cloning Dr. Halsey, removing the clone's brain, and scanning it. It it; it took twenty tries, and for some reason, the resulting AI can't be copied.tries. Indeed, this was part of the reason why self-cloning is technically illegal. Also, for some reason, "Smart" [=AIs=] can't be copied.



*** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has a malicious variant of this; the [[spoiler:Ur-Didact]] uses the Composer (an abandoned Forerunner device originally designed to combat the Flood) to painfully destroy humans so their minds can be digitized to make his personal army of [[EliteMooks Promethean Knights]].

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*** ** ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' has a malicious variant of this; the [[spoiler:Ur-Didact]] uses the Composer (an abandoned Forerunner device originally designed to combat the Flood) to painfully destroy humans so their minds can be digitized to make his personal army of [[EliteMooks Promethean Knights]].
3rd Jul '16 3:48:38 PM totoofze47
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* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'': [[spoiler:The people in New Los Angeles were led to believe that the White Whale's Lifehold Core housed the humans' real bodies in cryostasis, controlling artificial bodies called mimeosomes (or mims for short) from a distance, which is only partially true. In reality, their consciousnesses and minds were uploaded to a huge database in the Core, which is controlling the mims; their original flesh-and-blood bodies were destroyed along with Earth, though the Core was equipped with enough protoplasm and DNA information to create ''new'' flesh-and-blood bodies for their consciousnesses to go back to after the planet Mira was made safe. Elma explained that there was a lot of ethical debates regarding which solution each Ark should adopt to evacuate Earth; the White Whale favored this one as it allowed more people to be saved.]]
18th Jun '16 1:24:47 AM Doug86
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* This is the premise of ''{{WesternAnimation/Robotix}}''. Aliens who put themselves in [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] to survive a solar flare storm are revived by their MasterComputer, not by waking them but by transferring their "essences" into [[HumongousMecha giant construction robots]] called Robotix. This was [[EmergencyTransformation not their original plan,]] and they're [[BodyHorror very upset about it.]] In MarvelComics' one-shot comics adaption, the problem is further examined in the fact that the Robotix no longer have human-sized hands with which to manipulate or repair the master computer.

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* This is the premise of ''{{WesternAnimation/Robotix}}''. Aliens who put themselves in [[HumanPopsicle suspended animation]] to survive a solar flare storm are revived by their MasterComputer, not by waking them but by transferring their "essences" into [[HumongousMecha giant construction robots]] called Robotix. This was [[EmergencyTransformation not their original plan,]] and they're [[BodyHorror very upset about it.]] In MarvelComics' Creator/MarvelComics' one-shot comics adaption, the problem is further examined in the fact that the Robotix no longer have human-sized hands with which to manipulate or repair the master computer.
19th May '16 6:09:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy most of the humanity live as Gogols, mind uploads that can be copied and modified for different tasks as their superiors see fit, in planet-sized ''gubernya'' diamond brains of the Sobornost upload collective. Meanwhile, Earth has been taken over by out of control nanotech, which absorbs and contains human minds, but doesn't give them embodiments, resulting in centuries of sensory deprivation, and most often insanity. Finally, a rival upload collective, the Zoku, imprint their minds on quantum states of matter that can't be copied, embracing the unpredictability principle of the quantum mechanics that the Sobornost abhor.

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* In ''TheQuantumThief''-trilogy ''Literature/TheQuantumThief''-trilogy most of the humanity live as Gogols, mind uploads that can be copied and modified for different tasks as their superiors see fit, in planet-sized ''gubernya'' diamond brains of the Sobornost upload collective. Meanwhile, Earth has been taken over by out of control nanotech, which absorbs and contains human minds, but doesn't give them embodiments, resulting in centuries of sensory deprivation, and most often insanity. Finally, a rival upload collective, the Zoku, imprint their minds on quantum states of matter that can't be copied, embracing the unpredictability principle of the quantum mechanics that the Sobornost abhor.
12th May '16 3:44:42 PM zarpaulus
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** The second feature film, ''Innocence'', features a multitude of ghost-dubbed dolls manipulated for the purpose of freeing the enslaved children used to dub them. It raises the question of whether, being imparted with some aspect of human consciousness, the dubbed dolls cannot be considered alive, and thus victims themselves in the film's violent plot.



** The second feature film, ''Innocence'', features a multitude of ghost-dubbed dolls manipulated for the purpose of freeing the enslaved children used to dub them. It raises the question of whether, being imparted with some aspect of human consciousness, the dubbed dolls cannot be considered alive, and thus victims themselves in the film's violent plot.
4th May '16 1:42:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* Deconstructed in the film ''Advantageous.'' Gwen, the protagonist, loses her job as a corporate spokesperson due to age and racial discrimination, just as the company that's firing her is perfecting Brain Uploading technology. In order to support her daughter, she asks to be put into a younger body and return to her job as the company's spokesperson. [[spoiler: The technology is still in its infancy. When the newer, younger Gwen feels disconnected and distant from her daughter, she finds out that she wasn't "uploaded" so much as "photocopied." Fragments of Gwen's memories and experiences were put into a new host body and blended with the host's personality; in short the original Gwen is dead, and the new spokesperson is an entirely new being.]]

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* Deconstructed in the film ''Advantageous.''Film/{{Advantageous}}.'' Gwen, the protagonist, loses her job as a corporate spokesperson due to age and racial discrimination, just as the company that's firing her is perfecting Brain Uploading technology. In order to support her daughter, she asks to be put into a younger body and return to her job as the company's spokesperson. [[spoiler: The technology is still in its infancy. When the newer, younger Gwen feels disconnected and distant from her daughter, she finds out that she wasn't "uploaded" so much as "photocopied." Fragments of Gwen's memories and experiences were put into a new host body and blended with the host's personality; in short the original Gwen is dead, and the new spokesperson is an entirely new being.]]
22nd Apr '16 12:02:51 AM direguy
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* In the backstory of ''VideoGame/EndlessSpace'' the Endless have found a way to transfer their minds into machines. This caused a great schism in the Endless society, between those who want to remain organic, and those who embrace virtulization. This sparked a massive war which lead to the extinction of the Endless.
6th Apr '16 5:29:03 AM Adept
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* ''CarWars''. Autoduelists store their memories on a machine and have clone bodies made. If they die in the arena, their memories are "played back" into their clone and they live again (well, sort of).
* Extremely common in ''EclipsePhase''. Most of the surviving population of the solar system escaped the devastation of Earth by uploading their minds off-world, and backups are ubiquitous. Unfortunately, there's also a severe shortage of bodies, and millions of info-refugees desperate to own one.

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* ''CarWars''.''TabletopGame/CarWars''. Autoduelists store their memories on a machine and have clone bodies made. If they die in the arena, their memories are "played back" into their clone and they live again (well, sort of).
* Extremely common in ''EclipsePhase''.''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. Most of the surviving population of the solar system escaped the devastation of Earth by uploading their minds off-world, and backups are ubiquitous. Unfortunately, there's also a severe shortage of bodies, and millions of info-refugees desperate to own one.
3rd Mar '16 8:47:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', the video game sequel to the cult sci-fi Disney flick ''Film/{{Tron}}'', featured Ma3a, an artificially intelligent construct and vector for the digitization correction algorithms who was modeled after the original movie's Lora Baines, player character Jet Bradley's mother. It is hinted however that Ma3a actually has part of Lora's consciousness integrated into her program (said part having been digitized during the digitization laser accident that claimed Lora's life).

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* ''[[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh Tron 2.0]]'', ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'', the video game sequel to the cult sci-fi Disney flick ''Film/{{Tron}}'', featured Ma3a, an artificially intelligent construct and vector for the digitization correction algorithms who was modeled after the original movie's Lora Baines, player character Jet Bradley's mother. It is hinted however that Ma3a actually has part of Lora's consciousness integrated into her program (said part having been digitized during the digitization laser accident that claimed Lora's life).



* ''StarshipTitanic'': all the robots on board have these have copied human minds courtesy of 'personality transfers'. It's like blood donation in America, which means you get lots of people who really shouldn't be donating.
* In ''DefenseGridTheAwakening'', the general who won the war against the aliens 1000 years ago had his brain uploaded in case they came back, which they have. He usually plays the part of the ExpositionFairy, but he can't seem to get raspberries off his mind.
* In ''TotalAnnihilation'', this is what sparks the game's galaxy-wide [[ApocalypseHow class 4 apocalypse]].

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* ''StarshipTitanic'': ''VideoGame/StarshipTitanic'': all the robots on board have these have copied human minds courtesy of 'personality transfers'. It's like blood donation in America, which means you get lots of people who really shouldn't be donating.
* In ''DefenseGridTheAwakening'', ''VideoGame/DefenseGridTheAwakening'', the general who won the war against the aliens 1000 years ago had his brain uploaded in case they came back, which they have. He usually plays the part of the ExpositionFairy, but he can't seem to get raspberries off his mind.
* In ''TotalAnnihilation'', ''VideoGame/TotalAnnihilation'', this is what sparks the game's galaxy-wide [[ApocalypseHow class 4 apocalypse]].



* Prometheus in ''{{Conduit 2}}'', due to events in the last game.
* In ''{{Kamui}}'':

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* Prometheus in ''{{Conduit ''VideoGame/{{Conduit 2}}'', due to events in the last game.
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27th Feb '16 10:08:24 PM Willbyr
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* In ''MuvLuvAlternative'', this happens to [[spoiler: Kagami Sumika and she becomes the "00-Unit". Although the process killed her, she was [[AndIMustScream already just a]] BrainInAJar, so that actually isn't much. The end result is that she becomes a Quantum Computer with a practically human body that isn't quite human.]]

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* In ''MuvLuvAlternative'', ''VisualNovel/MuvLuvAlternative'', this happens to [[spoiler: Kagami Sumika and she becomes the "00-Unit". Although the process killed her, she was [[AndIMustScream already just a]] BrainInAJar, so that actually isn't much. The end result is that she becomes a Quantum Computer with a practically human body that isn't quite human.]]
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