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.

2 comments:

  1. Well first I think that if it is allowed, a person should not have their consious (and all that stuff) imprinted with out consent. For example, it should be in a will, or dying wishes. Something along those lines. The reasoning behind that is because the human mind is our last personal protection and should not be penetrated.
    As for the possesions and death certificate,i believe the possesions should not be given away, or given back, if the will/dying wishes are to be implanted into another body. As for the death certificate, they are not dead so no benefits of death should apply. For example, life insurance, tax freedom, getting out of marriage (with out proper divorce paperwork), etc.
    As for legal stuff, I do believe they still have rights and should be allowed to vote. They are still alive and thinking beings.

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