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17th Jan '17 9:14:14 AM ChronoLegion
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* Several ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' novels deal with this. During the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression First Galactic War]], the [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] [[RealRobot serv-machines]] used human pilots working in direct neural contact with [=AIs=]. Over time, an AI would learn from the pilot and even adopt some of the pilot's personality traits. One novel involves a lead designer putting an extremely-complex AI module into a new series of serv-machines with a lot more {{Data Crystal}}. All the members of that battalion end up dying in battle. However, their machines are recovered, repaired, and reused. Over time, the [=AIs=] end up resurrecting the personalities of the dead pilots. Later (in-universe chronology) novels deal with the implications of the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum called "logr". A logr is a small DataCrystal that's also an incredibly powerful computer. They were specifically designed millions of years ago to preserve the minds of dead [[StarfishAliens Logrians]] after death in a fully-functional virtual world. Once humans get their hands on the tech, the implications are staggering. No one needs to die permanently anymore. They can survive in their own private world. Additionally, reliable cloning tech means that ResurrectiveImmortality could become a reality. This, though, is clamped down on, as it presents so many legal issues (e. g. inheritance, property, debts), it's easier to just make it illegal to clone a new body. Ultimately, a solution is found by sending volunteers to faraway worlds to settle them and start brand-new lives. There's also a very real fear of ImmortalityImmorality, as evidenced by the [[HumanAlien Harammins]], whose Immortal Quota has ruled a stagnant empire for 3 million years by using this tech.

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* Several ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' novels deal with this. During the [[TheWarOfEarthlyAggression First Galactic War]], the [[TheEmpire Earth Alliance]] [[RealRobot serv-machines]] used human pilots working in direct neural contact with [=AIs=]. Over time, an AI would learn from the pilot and even adopt some of the pilot's personality traits. One novel involves a lead designer putting an extremely-complex AI module into a new series of serv-machines with a lot more {{Data Crystal}}. All the members of that battalion end up dying in battle. However, their machines are recovered, repaired, and reused. Over time, the [=AIs=] end up resurrecting the personalities of the dead pilots. Later (in-universe chronology) novels deal with the implications of the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum called "logr". A logr is a small DataCrystal that's also an incredibly powerful computer. They were specifically designed millions of years ago to preserve the minds of dead [[StarfishAliens Logrians]] after death in a fully-functional virtual world. Once humans get their hands on the tech, the implications are staggering. No one needs to die permanently anymore. They can survive in their own private world. Additionally, reliable cloning tech means that ResurrectiveImmortality could become a reality. This, though, is clamped down on, as it presents so many legal issues (e. g. inheritance, property, debts), it's easier to just make it illegal to clone a new body. Ultimately, a solution is found by sending volunteers to faraway worlds to settle them and start brand-new lives. There's also a very real fear of ImmortalityImmorality, as evidenced by the [[HumanAlien Harammins]], whose Immortal Quota has ruled a stagnant empire for 3 million years by using this tech.



* In ''Literature/{{Genome}}'', Alex eventually discovers that [[spoiler:"Edgar", the so-called artificial virtual personality, is actually the uploaded mind of Edward Garlitski, a brilliant geneticist, whose ideas were so controversial that TheEmperor ordered his mind to be uploaded into a [[PowerCrystal gel crystal]] and his body destroyed (it doesn't help that, in the prequel, Edward's OppositeSexClone tried to start a rebellion in the Empire). This probably means that the original Garlitski is dead and gone, and "Edgar" is just a copy]].



* In a ''Series/JohnDoe'' episode, a scientist experimenting in this field is killed. It turns out it was his colleague who turned out to be a religious fanatic and claimed humans aren't meant to live forever. The twist happens at the end, when it is revealed that the scientist encoded his mind onto ''bar codes'' of several ordinary-looking items.

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* In a ''Series/JohnDoe'' episode, a scientist experimenting in this field is killed. It turns out it was his colleague who turned out to be a religious fanatic and claimed humans aren't meant to live forever. The twist happens at the end, when it is revealed that the scientist encoded his mind onto ''bar codes'' of several ordinary-looking items. It's stated that it'll be a ''long'' time before technology allows for the memories to be "revived" as a fully-functional virtual person.
17th Jan '17 9:03:44 AM ChronoLegion
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* Discussed in the ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'' episode "Adam Ruins Death". Adam points out that copying our memories onto a computer, even when that becomes a possibility, will just make an advanced version of Siri. A clip shows an old man hooked up to a computer. The computer shows a simulated face that appears to be the man's uploaded mind. Then the old man realizes that ''he'' is still dying, no matter what. The episode's point is that death is inevitable and that we should just accept that it's going to happen and not expect science to solve that eternal fact.
8th Jan '17 5:19:20 PM nombretomado
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** TheVision's personality is based on an upload of Wonder Man's personality -- though in practice, the two of them have [[InformedAttribute never really acted very much alike.]] Not that this prevents him from [[CloningBlues angsting about it, of course.]]

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** TheVision's ComicBook/TheVision's personality is based on an upload of Wonder Man's personality -- though in practice, the two of them have [[InformedAttribute never really acted very much alike.]] Not that this prevents him from [[CloningBlues angsting about it, of course.]]
8th Jan '17 12:52:40 PM nombretomado
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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', people can destructively vacate their bodies, using their chemical energy to bootstrap a cloud of {{nanomachines}} that then houses their consciousness. This being ''Transmet'', they've formed their own weird subculture.

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* In ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}'', people can destructively vacate their bodies, using their chemical energy to bootstrap a cloud of {{nanomachines}} that then houses their consciousness. This being ''Transmet'', they've formed their own weird subculture.
31st Dec '16 10:47:43 PM nombretomado
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*** In the [=PeTI=] DLC, it turns out that in an AlternateUniverse Cave [[spoiler:succeeded in uploading himself. He quickly goes insane from boredom, and decides he needs to kill everyone so he can ascend to Olympus like Hercules]]. When Cave Prime hears this, he decides to [[spoiler:''cancel the GLaDOS project'', confirming that "Earth 1" is not the same universe the main story takes place in.]]

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*** In the [=PeTI=] DLC, it turns out that in an AlternateUniverse Cave [[spoiler:succeeded in uploading himself. He quickly goes insane from boredom, and decides he needs to kill everyone so he can ascend to Olympus like Hercules]]. When Cave Prime hears this, he decides to [[spoiler:''cancel the GLaDOS [=GLaDOS=] project'', confirming that "Earth 1" is not the same universe the main story takes place in.]]
10th Dec '16 11:58:06 AM WillKeaton
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In ''{{VideoGame/Headlander}}'' humanity has uploaded their minds into robot bodies called imposters, in a bid to live forever.
30th Oct '16 9:53:45 PM Gingerkitteh
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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' implies this to be part of the process behind the Clinical Immortality secret project. And that's just the beginning: the AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Victory is done by first uploading all the knowledge created by Mankind into Planet's [[GeniusLoci global mind]], then by uploading all your people's minds in the same global mind. It's also specificically stated that the project will result in ''everyone''[='=]s mind being uploaded into Planet (whether they want it or not). However, only the faction that completes the project first will have its members retain most of their individuality.

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* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' implies this to be part of the process behind the Clinical Immortality secret project. And that's just the beginning: the AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence Victory is done by first uploading all the knowledge created by Mankind into Planet's [[GeniusLoci global mind]], then by uploading all your people's minds in the same global mind. It's also specificically specifically stated that the project will result in ''everyone''[='=]s mind being uploaded into Planet (whether they want it or not). However, only the faction that completes the project first will have its members retain most of their individuality.
30th Oct '16 9:28:19 AM nombretomado
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* The "ghosts" in the ''{{GURPS}}'' setting ''TranshumanSpace''. Contrast with "shadows", which are non-destructively uploaded but are imperfect simulations, and "eidolons", which aren't even made with a brain scan-- they are just fakes made from stock footage and biographical databases.
* "Nybor's Psychic Imprint" spell in ''ForgottenRealms'' (at least, 3rd ed).

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* The "ghosts" in the ''{{GURPS}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' setting ''TranshumanSpace''. Contrast with "shadows", which are non-destructively uploaded but are imperfect simulations, and "eidolons", which aren't even made with a brain scan-- they are just fakes made from stock footage and biographical databases.
* "Nybor's Psychic Imprint" spell in ''ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' (at least, 3rd ed).
17th Sep '16 6:31:34 PM Fireblood
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* ''{{Series/Delete}}: Daniel uploads his mind into the AI (it wanted to merge with him) as a means of passing his conscience along and stop its attacks on humans.
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]].
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