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Uploaded on Aug 13, 2010
Some of the themes of the YV are standard plot devices in Hollywood movies. The artificial life form, for example. To what extent is the android human? The character of Data, from Star Trek, The Next Generation. What is the difference between Data and a human being? Is it possible for Data to become human?
The technology of beaming which allows bodies to be transported as a light energy pattern from one location to another. What if a copy of this light energy pattern is made? How can we know which pattern is the original?
Both copies will have a sense that they are the original. Changes can be made to the energy pattern to create fictional characters like Sherlock Holmes and Moriarity, for example. This was the idea behind the 'holodeck' which included haptic technology, thus creating an apparently real physical environment. If something went wrong then you could become trapped in this fabricated reality (samsara!). Occasionally, an artificial hologram would awaken. They felt that they were real individuals. Some of them managed to escape their fabricated nature.
Examining our existential status. What about the status of people in my dreams? They seem to be real and independent.
There is no difference between waking and dreaming.