Reaching the Singularity




Stray

yeah, I think it can die

Adam

So can we all

Stray

I’m pretty sure we will

Adam

I plan on not

I’m hoping the singularity will come before I die

I need to upload my consciousness Rei, the world needs me

Stray

hey that’s my goal too

but also only if my actual conciousness can be uploaded, not just a clone of it. I want it to actually be me. Not a copy and the original me dies

so they need to work that out first

Adam

I think that’s semantic

the only difference there is that you Get killed vs die naturally

Stray

yes and no

like, I want THIS ME to continue

*I* want to continue

Adam

Yeah but if it’s a perfect copy?

Stray

that’s nice for the copy but this is about selfish survival instinct

a copy is basically progeny

I want literal immortality – not immortality through offspring

Adam

Let’s put it this way, if you had 1 year to live and you could copy yourself now but you would transfer to the net, your body would collapse and die. Vs You can copy yourself and your body can keep going for another year ?

Stray

No that’s the thing i don’t care about my body

if I could upload my mind right now

I would do it but I want it to be the *me* that I am

not a copy of me with my memories

not a duplicate

Adam

A perfect copy wouldn’t be progeny, that would just be a copy. You’re not creating ‘something’ with your traits you’re copying ALL your traits, progeny by nature is not a perfect copy

Stray

do you get what I mean?

I want THIS self to survive

like…

you know in The Sixth Day

Adam

I think a perfect copy would read to you as ‘this’ self

you’re arnold shwarzenegger? Or Johnny cab?

Stray

and the clone THINKS he is the original, he has all the same thoughts and memories and impulses

Adam

Well yeah, but that assumes that the clone is kept ignorant of his origin. Which honestly could be fine

Stray

but he is NOT the original

this isn’t about the clone

this is about the original

as the original

Adam

What if they arranged it so they erased your memory for a week (for example) so you think you just had a car accident and woke back up in a body that doesn’t age

Stray

I want MY consciousness to continue

like, i am fine with being seperated from my meat sack

as long as it is a continuation of my own conciousness, not a copy that thinks it is

Adam

Put another way, I think a ‘perfect’ copy of your conciousness bothers you because you just want to be unique and one of a kind, but I think there’s MORE immortality in having like 12 Rei’s

Personally I would have a Rei-Bot

with some general tweaks to our sex life

Stray

I don’t want to be one of the Hugh Jackmans from the Prestige

Adam

that reminds me I need to watch prestige again

Stray

I have no attachment to this host

but I want to continue as myself, not to stop existing and have a different version of myself start

I am tied to the me

Adam

But literally you could NOT know

we could arrange it so you’re not aware of being a copy

Stray

no that’s the point

it wouldn’t be ME that wasn’t aware of being a copy

it would be a copy that wouldn’t be aware of being a copy

Adam

Here at fictional cloning singularity enterprises, we get this question a lot. We have a money back guarantee that if at any point you experience an existential crisis you will be refunded in total and given a free tote bag

Stray

it’s well handled in that episode of Black Mirror

Adam

It’s a really nice tote bag

Stray

there’s never any question that it’s them

Adam

Like leather with an embossed logo, it’s not cheap

Stray

can I get the tote bag anyway

Adam

I mean… with a trial maybe? Like we clone you up to age 15 and you can hang out with teenage Rei for a while…

Stray

I want black mirror style consciousness upload or nothing

Adam

Listen ma’am i know what you’ve seen on the holovids seems very real but I assure you it’s total flights of fancy.

the act of cloning is indeed dirty and messy and imperfect, however we have this amazing tote bag

it’s not any additional cost and can easily hold a weekends worth of clothes

Stray

give me the tote bag and gtfo

Adam

I’ve actually decided that I love this tote bag, and I will likely quit my job today, even thought that means giving up my immortality, as this tote bag has inspired me to be a bolder and more courageous person