Mind Upload: A leap from sci-fi books to science labs

Jul 17, 2018, 7:32 AM EDT
(Source: Ivan Velazco/flickr)
(Source: Ivan Velazco/flickr)

A deluge of intriguing questions overwhelms sci-fi enthusiasts when titillated with the prospects of digitizing the human brain. Will the consciousness flow to the medium storing the digital copy of the brain? Will this digital copy feel pain? Is this kind of mind upload akin to being immortal? And many more such queries.

Scientists may already be on the course to find answers to these fascination questions as they take mind upload technology from sci-fi literature to laboratories, notes Science Daily. The first step towards brain digitation can be traced to the recent experiment in which researchers uploaded a worm’s brain into a Lego robot giving the ability to navigate independently.

A research group, Moralities of Intelligent Machines (MOIM), conducted four surveys recently and found that sci-fi lovers are optimistic about mind upload technology while people with religious inclination have their own apprehensions, writes Inquisitr.