Day 222: Self-ish

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August 9, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

Lately, I’ve been having some discussions on something that I wasn’t previously aware was such an interesting and provocative subject: uploading.  Uploading, I thought, was a concept I understood fairly well – something I did pretty much every day – something fairly routine in the modern era.  All of that is true, but it doesn’t even scratch the surface.  Uploading will begin to take on a whole new dimension as man and machine begin to work together more, and as the line between us disintegrates.  The notion of uploading not just information, but even consciousness is something with implications we need to begin to consider because whether we like it or not, it may someday be a possibility.  That notion of being a transmittable, transferrable, uploadable and downloadable entity is one that carried profound questions as to what makes us human.  Everyone’s favorite Star Trek character comes immediately to mind – Data has much to teach us about ourselves.

Anyway, this topic warrants a discussion I’m neither well-informed enough nor provided enough time to discuss now…but it’s on my mind (which for the time being is confined principally in my head…though now that I think of it, it’s also being stored at least in some part, in some form here, online for you to see, download and incorporate into your own mind…)  Suffice it to say that today’s project is exploring the notion of self, and is bringing the discussion to the other side of the table – the machine side, which we so seldom consider.

Happy Downloadday is a short sci-fi film questioning about a rebellious young program, living with questions about the importance of a body to a self.

HAPPY DOWNLOADDAY is a live action sci-fi drama about a virtual teenager who, on his eighteenth birthday, refuses to download into an artificially grown human body, at the risk of being deleted by his parents. The whole story is set in a universe where resources are so scarce that children are raised as software programs until they turn 18, a time at which they are expected to become productive members of society.

To be or not to be…
Maybe that’s not the right question, exactly, because being might be more than what we think we know now.  Either way, it’s worth thinking about, and I expect to continue to do so.  Join me and raise some thoughts of your own by backing this project before August 13.


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