Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Does Brainpower Make You Real?

Dr. Will Caster, played by Johnny Depp, is a researcher in the field of Artificial Intelligence, his mission was to create a sentient machine that combined the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions.

 Film: Transcendence 

His experiments were considered very controversial due to the amount of intelligence behind the invention. Will's thirst for knowledge evolved into a frenzy. Will ends up getting attacked by anti-tech protestors, and ends up in the hospital.

He may be have been dying but his brain was still producing knowledge & a pattern of electrical signals, which his partner decided to “tap into” so that he could upload his conscious and still be alive. The idea of taking his brain and uploading it to a computer, is an interesting thought, because is it really “him” if his body is dead but his mind is on a computer? With this invention there really was no way to stop him from obtaining power more and more with this invention.
Can a person be "real" if they are dead, but they can still communicate, think, and have  a mind within a computer by someone uploading their brain to it?


  1. This reminds me of a classic philosophical question, the "brain in a vat" question. You can check it out here:

  2. I was really hoping someone had written a blog post about this movie. Everytime I see the trailer for it I question it. It seems that the film is trying to decide if Johnny Depp's character is actually still him after he has become the computer. He has "transcended" to a higher level of thinking, so does this take away his humanity? I cannot wait to see this movie so that I can find out more, I hope it isn't boring.


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