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Artificial You by Susan Schneider

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CHAPTER EIGHT

IS YOUR MIND A SOFTWARE PROGRAM?

I think the brain is like a programme … so it’s theoretically possible to copy the brain onto a computer and so provide a form of life after death.

STEPHEN HAWKING1

One morning I awoke to a call from a New York Times reporter. She wanted to talk about Kim Suozzi, a 23-year-old who had died of brain cancer. A cognitive-science major, Kim was eagerly planning for graduate school in neuroscience. But the day she learned she had an exciting new internship, she also learned she had a brain tumor. She posted on Facebook: “Good news: got into The Center for Behavioral Neurosciences’ BRAIN summer program.… Bad news: a tumor got into my BRAIN.”2

In college, Kim and her boyfriend, Josh, had shared ...

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