Uploading your brain to the electronic afterlife



On reading a recent heart breaking story in the New York Times about a young woman with brain cancer who placed her hopes on cryonics as a path to life after death, I raise the question whether the hype of a simulated consciousness, living in the cloud, matches reality - and whether we’re thinking about the problem in the right way.

How does the neuroscience community feel about the prospects of a simulated existence after this one? Are there better approaches to extending our consciousness than uploading our brains? And is one obligation of the current generation to clear the decks for the next?