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Would you ever consider one? That is, putting your mind (thoughts, memories, etc.) into another brain/body.
I'm not even sure it will ever be possible to do. For one, the mind and the brain are intimately connected... that is, a change in thought can affect the physical structure of the brain, and vice versa. And supposing a brain could be built exactly like yours, what about removing things like cancer that you don't necessarily want; seems like that would be fraught with difficulties as well (i.e., if you remove the genetic trait that led to the "defect", would you be yourself or somebody different). And what if there is something inherent in this mind/brain dependency that ensures a mind can only grow so old?
I'm thinking the quickest path to mind transplants would be cloning (to reproduce your body/brain), nanotechnology (to restructure a cloned brain to be similar to your own), and "something" (I don't know what... something to transfer a snapshot of the electrical and chemical interactions within a brain during a single instant to effectively transfer a mind).
My bet, though, is that we'll go the easy route and transition to beings which are hard to discern from technology (like the Borg). For example, we could take past experiences and actions to infer a person's thought patterns so that we could mimic a their mind (similar to cylons). That mimicked mind could reside in a computer and have biological body parts attached.
Or maybe I've been watching too much Star Trek, BSG, Twilight Zone, and Bicentennial Man.
Total Recall is more of giving your mind a virtual environment to play in, like The Matrix. I'm talking about putting your mind into another physical brain/body (really, I could just say "body", but some people confuse the terms "mind" and "brain").
Nope, I'm not asking if you'd give up your brain/body to be host to another person's mind (a few movies have covered that subject... usually it's aliens who are invading). I'm asking if you'd transfer your mind to another brain/body (possibly a cloned version of your own body). One reason to do this would be to extend your lifespan.
I mean that even if it's your thoughts and memories, they will be in another brain with different synapses and therefore different functionality and therefore a different person.
Would you want a different person altogether to have all your memories? All of them!
Then again, Harold has a point.
Be excellent to each other. And... PARTY ON, DUDES!
they will be in another brain with different synapses and therefore different functionality
That is why I mentioned the possibility of cloning (to replicate how your brain is likely to evolve over time) and nanotechnology (to mold that cloned brain into a physical state similar to your brain).