“If we all reacted the same way, we’d be predictable, and there’s always more than one way to view a situation. What’s true for the group is also true for the individual. It’s simple: overspecialize, and you breed in weakness. It’s slow death.
You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself.
There isn’t one. Why would you wish to? All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you.
Maybe someday your “maker” will come … haul you away, take you apart, and announce the recall of a defective product. What if all that’s left of the “real you” is just a couple of lonely brain cells, huh?
I guess once you start doubting, there’s no end to it.
Any way you look at it, all the information that a person accumulates in a lifetime is just a drop in the bucket.
It can also be argued that DNA is nothing more than a program designed to preserve itself. Life has become more complex in the overwhelming sea of information. And life, when organized into species, relies upon genes to be its memory system. So man is an individual only because of his own undefinable memory. But memory cannot be defined, yet it defines mankind. The advent of computers and the subsequent accumulation of incalculable data has given rise to a new system of memory and thought, parallel to your own. Humanity has underestimated the consequences of computerization.
If a technological feat is possible, man will do it. Almost as if it’s wired into the core of our being.”
It’s all from Ghost in the Shell, why aren’t you reading it or watching it?