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The Immortality test is a variation of the Turing test. It tests to see if the essential data elements of a person could be extracted and restored into a recreation of the original person. The extraction would be performed using advanced brain and body scanning systems and then restored into a computer system that would be able to emulate all the memories and behaviors of the original person. When the fidelity of the restored person is of a high-enough degree so that another person that was intimately familiar with the original scanned person could not distinguish the original from the restored person the immortality test would be considered passed.
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Stanislaw Lem about his 1957 book "Dialogi" (Polish Press Wydawnictwo Literackie, Kraków): "I demonstrated that even if we had a complete atomic blueprint of a human organism and a device capable of reconstructing tissues from atoms, we would not be able to achieve a resurrection. I myself did not understand this outcome, but after half a century I realize that this is so because logic we use is not the same on the quantum level and one cannot go freely from one to the other. I also brought up the subject of full transfer of information from a living brain into a computer-type device. I also dared to present a conjecture whether it would be possible to achieve a direct connection between two brains. Much later I tried to be more careful in prognosis of what is feasible."
The concept of restoring human memories into androids was the topic of movies such as Blade Runner which was based loosely on Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The topic was also raised extensively in the book Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer.
The Sci-Fi series Caprica included the concept of an algorithm that could gather information about an individual from sources such as the Internet, and construct with them an intellectually indistinguishable virtual copy of that individual.
The 2006 film The Prestige directly raises questions about the results of creating identical copies of a human being.
- The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence (2000)
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