Sep 302013
 
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking – April 2011. Photo by NASA/Paul Alers

Stephen Hawking is either delusional, a genius or maybe both. The renowned physicist’s recent idea to live forever with modern technology is hard to fathom, much less to take him seriously.

Stephen Hawking’s new hypothesis claims that people can live forever outside the body if the brain function is ‘copied’ via a computer.

He insinuates the human mind is trapped in a physical structure and is comparable to a computer program. Ergo, how it can be ‘copied.’

My first response was … has he lost his mind?

Then I decided to ponder his prediction without media influence. The media sources’ puns, insinuations and innuendos were clouding my rational train of thought. The media has a way to distort high-profile individual’s words (and actions) for ‘shock value.’ It can twist celebrities’ words to insinuate something totally different from what was intended.

So I tried to tap into my ‘miniscule intellect’ to come up with a feasible understanding to Hawking’s claim; thinking patterns can be predicted, therefore it is possible these predictions can be transferred into a computerized environment.

This is what I deduced:

An individual’s pattern of thought processes CAN be duplicated into a digital computer. The computer can predict the outcomes of a person’s thinking by mimicking the direction of the thought processes.

Here is an example:

People can be either emotional or apathetic. An emotional person’s thinking pattern will direct him/her into an array of emotional responses which technology can predict. The same can be predicted with an apathetic person’s although the predictive response will be dichotomous or contrary.

In other words, we know when someone is going to be emotional just by knowing his/her personality traits.

Thus, it is feasible for a computer to digitally predict a person’s pattern of thinking indefinitely. Unfortunately, much to the dismay of the media insinuations, the computer cannot ‘feel’ the emotions resulting from the thinking.

Finally, after all the profundity, energy and time I spent on Hawking’s theory, I concede to … who cares?

Ultimately, what good would it do? I cannot foresee any productive or positive outcomes from copying an individual’s brain or pattern of thinking to a computer.

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