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
understand that due to student loans or other
situations, it may be impossible to afford one for a
This is fine, don't worry too much about it. We have
all the major cities loaded brick by brick into our
databases. You'll all have plenty of space, so you'll
be able to make your dream home, even if you don't have
So, why would you want to stay in your old body? Many
of you are probably going to be waiting in line to make
the switch next month, but I urge you to think about
the consequences before you make such a big decision.
After all, once you lose your body, you can never have
an organic body again.
We hypothesize that organic bodies will become a sense
of pride soon, as your second body will be able to
configure to any shape you want. Hours at the gym won't
mean anything anymore if your body is already perfect.
There's also the risk of overspecialization. If
everyone uploads their brain, then there's a
possibility that a virus could spread over the whole
This is of course an extremely rare possibility and not
something to think about in day to day life because
loopholes in security are constantly being closed.
However, if such a time ever comes, we would need a
good amount of people to be in organic bodies.
This is why we're starting a program for people who
don't plan on uploading until they're on their death
bed. This is of course more dangerous, as organic