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Virtual celebrities are becoming a thing..:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2018/aug/17/instagram-virtual-celebrity-chips-with-everything-podcast

In April 2018, Instagram influencer, Miquela Sousa, had her Instagram account hacked. A fellow influencer, Bermuda, deleted all of the 19-year-old’s posts, replacing some with pictures of herself. The reason for the hacking was simple: Bermuda was blackmailing Miquela into telling her more than one million followers the truth.

People were outraged. “Leave her alone,” they commented. A few days later, Miquela did tell the truth. The truth is that Miquela is not real and neither is Bermuda. Both of them are creations produced by computer-generated imagery.

The way I see it, the whole attractiveness of having an 'idol' or someone to respect and look up to is because it gives us what we believe to be a worthy example of how to behave. We can also relate to them because they do have imperfections, just like us. They're still human.

If these celebrities are not human, I'm assuming they won't have the same ability to influence younger people because everyone will be aware that they're computer-generated.

Or I could be completely wrong, a craze will come about and people's view of "the perfect life" will become almost unhealthy due to impossible-to-achieve standards.

Thoughts?

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Vaccines as of now are given to healthy people to make them more resilient to disease.

Ideologically this seems to fit with the idea of transhumanism on a minor scale. If it does, does this seem to bode well for other technologies e.g. life extension?

Nobody in their right mind refuses vaccines unless they are profoundly uneducated (and even if you are most will still travel miles to get them). Its standard medicine now in every country that can afford it. So maybe we will see the same with transhuman technology?

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I just saw Ed Aktins - Safe Conduct exhibited at Hirshhorn museum in DC. Part of the plaque introducing the piece mentioned transhumanism. That mention combined with the art made me realize how much the things I carry everyday feel like a part of me.

I have a number of small items that I carry with me every day that I feel naked without. I also have a very visceral reaction to security checkpoints where I have to give up some or all of my EDC gear. This piece of art really helped me understand another reason why security checkpoints upset me as much as they do, and that's because those items have come to feel like a part of me. It feels like giving up a small piece of myself whenever I'm forced to leave some of my EDC behind. This increases the violation felt by having to empty pockets and have anything I'm carrying scanned and pawed through.

As an aside, even more upsetting is when it's pointless. I'm not allowed to carry my swiss army knife (which would make a very poor weapon) into any of the Smithsonian museums, but in the cafeteria (of at least one of them) there's a container full of serrated metal steak knives free for anyone to use.

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So let's say it's 2080, you're 87, doctor says you have six months to live, and you have a few million dollars in assets to your name with 3 kids and some grandchildren.

In the past you would've written a will because you couldn't take it with you. Now, you can.

You could be uploaded into a virtual world, which would be based on a virtual economy (using crypto) and you could still probably control some funds from there for use in the real world as well if you so choose (investments, purchases for family etc.)

How do you think the wealthy would control their wealth between worlds in such a context?

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Living digitally is coming. Immortality is very near. If we believe those who promote living in a digital world that it is something that can truly become a reality, how would people procreate? Or is it something that is no longer considered so as not to add more to the population? But I am thinking that people would still want to die sooner or later when they have that option. Get tired of it all sort of thing. So people have to be replaced. What if everyone chooses to live virtually? What of procreation?

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So many claims are being made as to what's likely going to happen mid-21st century, and 2050 has become the obvious reference of choice with regards to our ultimate fate.

"There won't be enough water to go around by 2050." (https://www.sciencenews.org/article/future-will-people-have-enough-water-live)

"Human beings will achieve immortality by 2050."

(https://www.express.co.uk/news/science/920735/Science-news-immortal-live-forever-2050-sex-robots-androids-virtual-reality-technology)

"World population projected to reach 9.8 billion by 2050."

(https://www.un.org/development/desa/en/news/population/world-population-prospects-2017.html)

Are these largely click-bait exaggerations?

There are just as many positive innovations predicted to change everything as there are negative, so I have a hard time deciding whether to be hopeful or hopeless...

Any opinions?

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I am exploring different sub Reddit’s to see which ones I like, isn’t this the one that advocates for doing what ever you want to your body and prosthetics. Just wanted to make sure because if so I like this one ( only ask due to no description on the sub reddit)

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Life in the digital realm is going to play a significant part in our future lives, and we're going to need something to represent ourselves in these immersive realities. For the time being, it seems like cartoon-like avatars are our only option.

https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/16/17697610/microsoft-xbox-avatars-windows-10-pcs-features

While the new avatars are rather basic right now, can you fully customize your online character with body type options, clothing, and props. Microsoft is planning to add accessories, props, moods, clothing, and appearance categories in the future, alongside more content after the avatars are broadly available in October. Microsoft’s Xbox Avatar Editor for Windows 10 lets you customize body, face, hair, and other options. All the customizations include color pickers to personalize things further.

I'd think that once the technology is there, our avatars will look like actual people that we feel best represents who we are, the age we feel we are, etc.

I'd imagine a world where everyone looks like supermodels and has perfect bone structure..

What do you think?

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Can someone please explain the whole idea that simulated minds or uploaded mind could survive for eternity in a finite universe.

How could it be possioble to squeeze eternity inside finite time?
I do understand that it is possible to have a different perception of time and, for example, experience 100 years in 1 minute (inside a digital environment), but after the minut has passed the whole show is over,a dn infinity is different from anything else.

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With researchers' forecasts saying that we would be able to have an option to live forever in the virtual world in the next few decades, would you actually consider switching to living a virtual world? I understand that there are still a lot of questions on how it would actually work but say you are already very sick but you are still young, or you have a small kid that would be left alone if you die, would you do it? Even for the benefit of just being able to speak to your kid and guide him/her in life

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So there's a couple of posts from other subs that some people saying the once mind uploading is complete, the person would no longer have any use of their corporeal body. My question is, unless you are dying, why won't you have use of your physical body anymore? Is it because the process of transferring your consciousness will kill you, no matter the state of your well-being? Like, I get it. Life sucks. We all want to extend our life for as long as possible, but to trade living in the actual world for the virtual world? Couldn't we exist in both worlds at the same time? Like, yes, the climate change is crazy and people are crazy but how would virtual world be different than here if we all get there?

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