Reaching Eternal Life

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Reaching Eternal Life
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Date February 24, 2020
Duration 7:17
Previous episode Projekt Melody (Virtual CamGirl?!)
Next episode What is Hololive?
Link YouTube


Reaching Eternal Life is the second episode of The Virtual Reality Show. This episode talks about the concept of life after death in many different forms, related to virtual reality.

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Video Description

Episode two is over eternal life/immortality and how we can use VR to live forever (as well as some other ways)! Again, please forgive the janky moments of the model. One day I'll have elbow tracking, and it shouldn't clip through! I appreciate all the support on the last video, and I hope you enjoy this one just as much.

Transcript

PHIA: Hello, and welcome back to The Virtual Reality Show, where we talk about any and all things related to virtual reality... inside of virtual reality! (laughs) I'm your host, PHIA. Before we get started today, I wanted to just give a big thank you to everyone for all the support on the last episode I uploaded last week. I'm impressed with the engagement that the show is getting, and at how many people decided to join the Discord! I hope you'll continue to show your support, and please check out the last episode if you have not already.

This week's topic is on something potentially relevant to everyone watching! No matter how hard anyone tries to escape it, death comes for everyone. From Lord Voldemort, excuse my language, to Orochimaru, we see it as a driving motivation for many fictional characters in pop culture. But the historic roots date back to ancient myths like The Epic of Gilgamesh or The Search for the Fountain of Youth. There's a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin that says "there's only two things in life that we can be certain of: One. Death, and two. Taxes. But we might need to rewrite that quote to just taxes because immortality may become possible in our future through multiple different ways.

Humans are just natural machines, but we're still machines, a working system of inputs and outputs. The human brain is the most complex machine we know, coded with A's, T's, C's and G's which can easily be compared to the ones and zeros used for coding devices just like the one you're using now to watch this video. So, as this new biotechnology is being developed, we start to see this boundary of human and human-made creations blur. There's practical devices like prosthetics, yes, but there's also advanced cybernetic technologies in our near future, such as Elon Musk's Neuralink, a device that connects directly to your brain, and allows you to manipulate things like prosthetics or computers, solely with the power of your mind!

This is a transhumanist's wet dream. Allowing us to replace parts of our bodies like you'd replace parts of a computer. "Oh your eyesight's deteriorating? Well, let's just replace that with a GTX 20/20 vision!" Yes, a feeling human body is becoming replaceable. After all, it's just a shell for your brain, and that brain is ultimately the part of you that makes you you. So how does virtual reality play a part in this? Well, something like the Neuralink has much greater potential than scrolling Facebook with your mind or controlling your super cool third prosthetic arm. It's not hard to imagine using this tech while sitting at a computer to directly control video game characters or- or, imagine, leaning back in your bed, hands behind your head after a long day at work, to play the next inevitable remake of Skyrim, with your mind!

Yeah, pretty freaking cool, right? So it only makes sense to take it a step further into full-dive virtual reality, where you can control yourr virtual body in VR, with your mind. Now, this might be starting to sound like the setup for the plot of Sword Art Online, and you'd be right. This kind of technology would allow for that same kind of full immersion into virtual worlds. If you've seen SAO, you're probably pissing your pants in fear right now but, worry not, and throw those pants away, because you're not gonna need them anymore for what I'm suggesting next.

Remember what I said about a body just being a shell for your brain? Well, that's where the key to eternal life exists! You could exist as just a brain, outside, in that physical world. You don't necessarily need a body to be alive. In fact, you could pick out your body to be... anything you want. You might know where I'm headed with this now, no pun intended, which is the concept of "Brain in a vat". Typically used as a thought experiment in philosophy, it makes us question the foundations of what is real itself. For those not familiar, it's a theory similar in concept to The Matrix. Imagine that your brain is being kept alive in a little jar somewhere, and is hooked up to a machine that exchanges impulses back and forth to it, tricking your mind into thinking that everything around you is real, an analog, when it's actually digital.

Now, whether or not we're even in the base reality is a whole another topic, but it's more than possible that we will develop technology capable of this potential in the foreseeable future. It's crazy to think that there's an entire universe inside of cyberspace that we could migrate to, and it's completely under our control. Perhaps we will no longer fear whether or not an afterlife exists, because we could create our own heaven-like utopia, where the human race continues to live on forever.

There's so much to think about, and we've only scratched the surface of these topics. It's part of what makes VR so alluring: The impossible becoming possible. The future is coming, and it's coming fast. Even if we never master the "Brain in a vat" technology, we can keep replacing our bodies in the physical realm. Heck, scientists can grow an extra set of organs in a lab now, and are working on brain transplants. It's trippy to imagine that one day, you could grow extra sets of bodies or clones in labs, so that you could do a head transplant to those younger bodies every 20 years or so, and stay alive forever. There's also the possibility of uploading your consciousness to the digital realm, where you wouldn't need a brain at all, or where your memories could be downloaded to someone else's.

There's so many concepts connected to this, and I plan to talk about them more in future episodes, but if you're interested and you want to talk about these concepts more right now, then go ahead and join my Discord, link in the description. If you enjoyed this video then please consider subscribing to the Virtual Reality Show channel, and give this video a big thumbs up! It really helps me out because your support is what keeps me going! Also please consider donating or subscribing to the Virtual Reality Show Patreon, because I'm saving up for things like full-body tracking to enhance the show! If you know someone, or are involved with virtual reality in any way, then please go ahead and let me know about that, I'd love to have you or them here on the show. Anyways, thanks for tuning in to... The Virtual Reality Show! I've been your host, PHIA, and I'll see you on next week's episode. Bye!~

Trivia

  • The title of this episode used to be "Eternal Life - THE VIRTUAL REALITY SHOW [002]".
  • PHIA saying "excuse my language" is a reference to the source material of the Harry Potter series where it is considered taboo for wizards to mention the name of Lord Voldemort.

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