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17th Jul '17 7:22:10 AM zarpaulus
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* The "ghosts" in the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' setting ''TabletopGame/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.

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* The "ghosts" in the ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' setting ''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace''.''TabletopGame/TranshumanSpace'' are produced by disassembling and scanning a human brain at the molecular level. 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.


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* In ''Nova Praxis'' brain uploading requires a process called "Apotheosis", which involves nanobots replacing brain tissues with nanogel over the course of a week. Afterwards the subject can remain in their original body until it dies or upload into a flash-cloned or robotic sleeve, or even live as a Sim on a server.
17th Jul '17 2:55:46 AM MoonByte
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* ''VideoGame/Code7'' has [[spoiler: Alex. Their friend Sam even finds Alex's brain connected to the computer]].
6th Jul '17 11:59:25 AM gilroy0
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* The entire concept of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' is based on this trope. The Dolls are individuals who have the memories of other people loaded up into their brains so they can serve a variety of purposes for rich clients (usually prostitution).



* ''Series/PersonOfInterest:'' In "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS02E21 Zero Day]]," we learn that The Machine [[spoiler: is programmed to erase its non-relevant memories and reboot every night at midnight.]] In order to work around this, [[spoiler: The Machine prints hard copies of its memories out in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base64 Base64]] and hires typists to re-input them. Root describes it as "an external hard drive made up pf people and paper."]]
* The central conceit of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. The titular Dollhouse is made up of people who, for whatever reason, volunteer to have their minds uploaded and put in dead storage while the Dollhouse rents out their bodies to high-paying clients, imprinted with personality composites made to order. Of course, it's not long before the show begins to examine the grander implications of the technology involved.

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest:'' In "[[Recap/PersonOfInterestS02E21 Zero Day]]," we learn that The Machine [[spoiler: is programmed to erase its non-relevant memories and reboot every night at midnight.]] In order to work around this, [[spoiler: The Machine prints hard copies of its memories out in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Base64 Base64]] and hires typists to re-input them. Root describes it as "an external hard drive made up pf of people and paper."]]
* The central conceit of ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''. The titular Dollhouse is made up of people who, for whatever reason, volunteer to have their minds uploaded and put in dead storage while the Dollhouse rents out their bodies to high-paying clients, imprinted with personality composites made to order.order so they can serve a variety of purposes for rich clients (usually prostitution). Of course, it's not long before the show begins to examine the grander implications of the technology involved.
26th Jun '17 6:26:35 PM nombretomado
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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_transfer_in_fiction This]] article from TheOtherWiki contains a list of examples...

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[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mind_transfer_in_fiction This]] article from TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki contains a list of examples...
23rd May '17 2:04:43 PM Saber15
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* ''Videogame/StarRuler2'''s expansion pack introduces The First, a playable faction composed entirely of post-physical aliens that watched the extinction of their origin species and the rise and fall of hundreds of other empires. The First have only ventured out from their computational hubworld after the arrival of the Heralds, fleeing ''something'' in their home galaxy. Despite The First's ancient nature and the computational power they possess, they are the only empire to have absolutely no form of FasterThanLightTravel.
19th May '17 7:01:55 PM KidDynamite
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* On ''Series/{{Scorpion}}'', Walter was trying to perfect this, as a way of saving his terminally-ill sister, Megan.
17th May '17 6:49:21 PM Saber15
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** ''The Winemaster'' had tens of thousands of people upload their minds into tiny, [[YearOutsideHourInside fantastically fast]] robotic bodies. Shortly after many of the original uploadees having died after heavy atoms disrupted their neural activity, BrainUploading became an illegal activity in the United States, and uploaded minds are considered to not be living entities - as almost none of the current transhuman individuals were originally even ''human'', instead being [[UterineReplicator artificially built]] to resemble humans. The story follows a group of transhuman individuals fleeing the destruction of their shielded enclave in a Buick, which functions as a GenerationShip because of how fast the transhumans live.

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** ''The Winemaster'' had tens of thousands of people upload their minds into tiny, [[YearOutsideHourInside fantastically fast]] robotic bodies. Shortly after many of the original uploadees having died after heavy atoms disrupted their neural activity, BrainUploading became an illegal activity in the United States, States after a number died due to heavy atoms from cosmic rays destroying their minds, and uploaded minds are considered to not be living entities - as almost none of the current transhuman individuals were originally even ''human'', instead being [[UterineReplicator artificially built]] to resemble humans. The story follows a group of transhuman individuals fleeing the destruction of their shielded enclave in a Buick, which functions as a GenerationShip because of how fast the transhumans live.
17th May '17 6:47:43 PM Saber15
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* RobertReed's short story, "Finished", features a destructive form of brain uploading, called "finishing". The patient is immersed in a tub of microscopic machines, which infiltrate the body and begin to scan and record everything while destroying the tissue to power themselves. The scanned brain is then downloaded into a robotic body designed to mimic human appearance. However, because the scan is only of a few seconds of brain activity and because of the non-rewritable nature of the robotic brain, emotions recorded when someone is "finished" remain lingering for the rest of the time they remain alive in their artificial body. So if someone is finished on a good day, they'll always be in a fairly good mood. If they are finished while terminally ill or suffering, [[FateWorseThanDeath they'll be suffering for hundreds of years.]]

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* RobertReed's Uplading is a recurring theme in Creaotr/RobertReed's works:
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short story, "Finished", story ''Finished'' features a destructive form of brain uploading, called "finishing". The patient is immersed in a tub of microscopic machines, which infiltrate the body and begin to scan and record everything while destroying the tissue to power themselves. The scanned brain is then downloaded into a robotic body designed to mimic human appearance. However, because the scan is only of a few seconds of brain activity and because of the non-rewritable nature of the robotic brain, emotions recorded when someone is "finished" remain lingering for the rest of the time they remain alive in their artificial body. So if someone is finished on a good day, they'll always be in a fairly good mood. If they are finished while terminally ill or suffering, [[FateWorseThanDeath they'll be suffering for hundreds of years.]]
16th May '17 7:28:52 PM nombretomado
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* ''UniverseAtWar'' has Commander Orlok of the [[PlanetLooters Hierarchy military]]. The [[TheManBehindTheMan Overseers]] couldn't risk losing such a competent commander to death. So they had his consciousness transferred from his organic alien body to a HumongousMecha, effectively granting him immortality and thus giving him the title of "The Eternal".

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* ''UniverseAtWar'' ''VideoGame/UniverseAtWar'' has Commander Orlok of the [[PlanetLooters Hierarchy military]]. The [[TheManBehindTheMan Overseers]] couldn't risk losing such a competent commander to death. So they had his consciousness transferred from his organic alien body to a HumongousMecha, effectively granting him immortality and thus giving him the title of "The Eternal".
13th May '17 5:56:29 PM nombretomado
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* This becomes the plot point in the ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' ExpandedUniverse ''Dark Templar Trilogy'', where a Protoss female named Zamara copies her consciousness into the brain of Jake Ramsey, a human archaeologist. While she is able to communicate with him and grant him some of her PsychicPowers, the process will ultimately kill Jake. They travel to a Dark Templar world where priests record memories of still-living Protoss onto [[GreenRocks Khaydarin crystals]]. This is different from what is done by the Khala-worshiping Protoss, who have specialized individuals known as Preservers, who store entire consciousnesses (not just memories) in their heads, "uploaded" through the HiveMind at the moment of death. Zamara is the last Preserver. The goal is to put Zamara's consciousness onto one such crystal. Unfortunately, Zamara realizes that the Dark Templar only copy ''memories'', not entire individuals. However, the unusually large crystal they use not only manages to contain the entire consciousness of a Preserver but also that of a [[EldritchAbomination Dark Archon]] who threatens to destroy everything.

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* This becomes the plot point in the ''Franchise/{{Starcraft}}'' ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' ExpandedUniverse ''Dark Templar Trilogy'', where a Protoss female named Zamara copies her consciousness into the brain of Jake Ramsey, a human archaeologist. While she is able to communicate with him and grant him some of her PsychicPowers, the process will ultimately kill Jake. They travel to a Dark Templar world where priests record memories of still-living Protoss onto [[GreenRocks Khaydarin crystals]]. This is different from what is done by the Khala-worshiping Protoss, who have specialized individuals known as Preservers, who store entire consciousnesses (not just memories) in their heads, "uploaded" through the HiveMind at the moment of death. Zamara is the last Preserver. The goal is to put Zamara's consciousness onto one such crystal. Unfortunately, Zamara realizes that the Dark Templar only copy ''memories'', not entire individuals. However, the unusually large crystal they use not only manages to contain the entire consciousness of a Preserver but also that of a [[EldritchAbomination Dark Archon]] who threatens to destroy everything.
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