30 Stories in 30 Days #15 – “The Time Will Come”
The Time Will Come
“Birth” of a new species?
Oslo, Norway – For those of you still uncomfortable with the notion of people uploading their thoughts and memories to live immortal virtual lives, you may not want to read any further. Researchers led by Doctor Stian Stang at the Norwegian School of Information Technology have announced that they have written a program that would allow two – or more – Uploads to conceive a “child.” Much as a flesh-and-blood child inherits traits from each parent, these Upload children contain a base program derived from those of their parents. However, unlike human children who need years to grow into independent beings, an Upload child can grow to “adulthood” in a matter of hours. Doctor Stang reports that three such children have already been created, but their names and those of their parents won’t be released for privacy reasons.
A Papal spokesman – who wished to remain anonymous until the Vatican could release a formal response – called the announcement worrisome. “This is yet another example – in a long line of cases – where science has been used to diminish what it is to be human. And while some want to treat these programs as people, let me restate the Vatican position that no matter how advanced and complex a computer program is, it will always lack the spark of the divine.”
James Secord – who was Uploaded six months ago – had this to say: “Since the last Homo neanderthalensis died some 30,000 years ago, Homo sapiens have been alone. Now, a new species has developed, Homo narratus. But we don’t want to supplant you, instead we see Homo sapiens and Homo narratus teaming up to explore the galaxy together. Why are so many frightened by that?”