The metaverse of the mind

The metaverse of the mind

The Prompt: Write about a ship or other vehicle that can take you somewhere different from where you are now.

What if we could decode the brain to such a point that we develop technology that can interact with it like a hard drive. With such technology, we could create a Vessel for Conscious Experiences.

What this would be is some sort of autonomous drone, be it humanoid, or some other type of robot that can go all the places we can’t. For starters, scientists could use it to explore nearby planets or other celestial objects without having to leave earth. This would be different than virtual reality or a simulation, because instead of just recording video, it can take in and process everything as conscious memories. You would have all the feelings, smells, experiences, as if you had actually gone to mars.

Would this still be a genuine experience? I think it depends on how you think of data. As far as I know, science doesn’t have a definitive answer on what consciousness actually is, but we ‘know’ that we can see, feel, smell, hear, and taste. If all these senses are our bodies processing the information around us to tell our brains what to experience, at what point does data become consciousness?

Featured image by: Dan LeFebvre

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