Upload thought experiment

James Rogers (jamesr@best.com)
Tue, 05 Nov 1996 15:25:54 -0800

Here is a quick little thought experiment for everyone on this
uploading/consciousness thread:

Assume uploading actually moved your currently operating stream of
consciousness to a computer.
Suppose the upload apparatus was connected to a multiplexing device so that
the upload data could be sent on two separate channels at the same time.
Now suppose you have two different computers connected up to the two
different channels. Both computers reconstruct your stream of consciousness
as though each was the only computer connected to the upload apparatus.

If the apparatus is actually uploading *your* stream of consciousness, is it
possible for it to exist in two places at the same time?

Isn't having a single stream of consciousness and having two simultaneous
instances of a single stream mutually exclusive?

Which instance is really *your* stream of consciousness?

-James Rogers