Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hypothetical Situation

So lets say the technology develops to the point where we can scan a person's brain after they die and create an imprint of their consiousness.
(Similar to Dr. Halsey and Cortana)
This imprint may either reside on a computer, or be implanted in a cloned body.
Let's also assume, for purposes of this conversation, that this imprint is considered to have a soul and all that extra stuff we call "human".

Does this "person" have rights?
Will "it" be allowed to vote?
What becomes of "it's" possessions? depending on the status of the person'd will?
Is the death certificate revoked?
Should it be legal to make copies of the data that is this "person's" consciousness?
Who pays for the new body or processor time?
What happens if an unborn baby dies before birth and is re imprinted on a cloned body?
This "person" has a death certificate, but no birth certificate.
How would these "people" fit into society?

I'd appreciate your thoughts on this.