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Should You Add a Microchip to Your Brain?

Susan Schneider: The first design ceiling arises if microchips fail to underlie conscious experience — let’s call this the “consciousness ceiling.” This second ceiling, in contrast, involves the survival of the self. This “self ceiling” is a point beyond which the person who attempts to enhance is no longer the same individual as before, for the procedure causes that individual who sought enhancement to cease to exist. Because the nature of the self is so controversial, we don’t know if there’s a self ceiling. Nor do we know how high, or low, a self ceiling would be situated. These potential ceilings suggest that we should approach the idea of merging with A.I. with a good deal of humility.

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