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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER SIX

GETTING A MINDSCAN

I teach you the Overman! Mankind is something to be overcome. What have you done to overcome mankind?

FREDRICK NIETZSCHE, THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA

You and I, we are just informational patterns, and we can be upgraded to a new, superior version—human 2.0, if you will. And from there, as AI developments continue, further versions of us can be created, until one day, when the science is just right, in the ultimate Nietzschean act of self-overcoming, we merge with AI.

Thus spoke our fusion-optimist.

Let’s consider whether the fusion-optimists are right by mulling over a scenario depicted in the science fiction novel Mindscan by Robert Sawyer. The protagonist Jake Sullivan has an inoperable brain tumor. Death could ...

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