A college lecture hall. ETHAN, a man in his
mid-thirties, is the guest speaker at the podium.
HE shuffles his notes, then begins.
Thank you for inviting me to Sarah Lawrence. I'm
honored to be the guest speaker to welcome in what's
probably the biggest event of human history. I guess
I'll start off this lecture by correcting any
assumptions that you might've heard about choosing to
stay here or upload.
First of all, being uploaded won't necessarily make you
smarter. If you have a brain chip installed, then don't
worry, you'll be able to function at just as high a
speed as your friends who don't want their old bodies
Second, when you upload, your consciousness is
definitely transferred along with the rest of the
information, even philosophically. The process starts
with making a copy that is 100% off, then we slowly
start turning on the different parts of the virtual
brain as your physical brain is manually being shut
down. The brains will work in tandem until the virtual
brain is running everything. There is no point at which
you as a person will ever shut off. In fact, you
wouldn't even notice it was happening if there weren't
a progress bar on the computer.
When we make the home version next year, we'll even
have your computer take in your surroundings so that
the virtual room will be identical to the physical one.
The version out tomorrow will be at participating
doctors' offices, so their rooms have all been
Next, at the lunch, a lot of you were asking me where
you'd be living. For most of you, you'll probably be
living where you've been living up to now. However,
I've heard that some of you don't want to live where
you currently are due to high rent or because you can't
afford a body. While I highly recommend buying a new
body and I stress the fact that it's only $5000, I