4:35pm ET - What will the
not-too-distant future look like when cyber-consciousness, or the simulation of
the human brain via software and computer technology, becomes a part of our
daily lives? This may sound like
science-fiction, but the nascent technology already exists, and thousands of
software engineers across the globe are working to create cyber-consciousness
based on human consciousness. In her new
book Virtually Human: The Promise –and the Peril – of Digital Immortality founder and former CEO of Sirius Satellite Radio and the founder and current CEO of the biotechnology company
United Therapeutics, Martine Rothblatt
examines the ethical issues relating to cyber-consciousness and what it will
mean for society when software that mimics the way human brains organize
information, create emotions and achieve self-awareness becomes widely
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