Is it possible to digitize human consciousness?

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Critics of digital immortality question some of the basics of the concept. First, digital immortality raises serious ethical and moral questions, as well as concerns about integrity and privacy. For instance, do memories have rights? It possible to subpoena memories? Then there may be a problem with transplantation: Some scientists warn that to successfully transplant a human brain, the spinal cord would need to be transplanted concurrently. Critics have also questioned whether an emulation of the brain is truly conscious. Christof Koch, a neuroscientist and the chief scientific officer at the Allen Institute for Neuroscience in Seattle, perhaps said it best: "You can simulate weather in a computer, but it will never be 'wet.'" Similarly, Koch's peers continue on against replicating human consciousness in a silicon computer chip because, unlike inside the biological brain, the emulation can't and won't provide any unpredictable behavior or nonlinear interactions — a defining characteristic of being human.

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