Futurist, explorer, dreamer, and Neatorama pal Cliff Pickover has just released a new novel called The Heaven Virus:
In the The Heaven Virus, technology is sufficiently advanced that we can upload our minds to a virtual reality run on a computing device. Given this technology, would you personally take the ultimate plunge? In The Heaven Virus, the latest Afterlife chip has computational limitations—it can only realistically simulate a small environment like an indoor shopping mall. But the simulation is extremely accurate. Even the movement of water in the fountains is faithfully rendered. Your simulacrum would experience reality, free from disease and disability, living forever.
Would you choose to be uploaded upon your death if you could never leave the artificial mall? Could you be happy there? E-mail me your answers.