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AI and the Afterlife: Is Mind Uploading the Future?

AI and the Afterlife: Is Mind Uploading the Future?

Nathan Mladin reviews three TV programmes/films that centre around the topic of mind uploading and transhumanism. 21/02/2024

Would you create a digital version of yourself that could live on after you die? What about an interactive avatar of a deceased loved one? Or uploading your mind to a super–computer?

These are all questions explored by Dr Nathan Mladin in his review of three television/film plots that centre around the topic of ‘mind uploading’ and ‘transhumanism’.

In this review Nathan looks at: 

Be Right Back from Season 2 of Black Mirror
The Virtual Llama a short film by Owl In Space
Transcendence (2014) a Hollywood blockbuster starring Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany and Cillian Murphy.

For more on this, have a read of our latest Theos report AI and the Afterlife: From Digital Mourning to Mind Uploading which explored all the themes from this video and more.


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Nathan Mladin

Nathan Mladin

Nathan joined Theos in 2016. He holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from Queen’s University Belfast and is the author of several publications, including the Theos reports Data and Dignity: Why Privacy Matters in the Digital Age, Religious London: Faith in a Global City (with Paul Bickley), and ‘Forgive Us Our Debts’: lending and borrowing as if relationships matter (with Barbara Ridpath).

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Posted 21 February 2024

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