Digital After Life and the Moral Status of our Digital Clone

The future of AI is beginning to look rather human. This is so because AI is an invention of humans . Besides, it is humans who orient direction of growth of AI. We are fast going to have an AI image of us . This AI clones of us will talk and behave exactly like us . Besides, we have the possibility of improving our image and by overcoming some of our blemishes or imperfections. Our cloned self will be better than ourself. This may enable us to relate to the dead person via his/her digital clone. We seem to be nearing ourselves to the creation of a digital afterlife . Thus, how AI will unfold depends on humans. Hence , it is not an exaggeration to say that AI has a human future. They are all set to out live human and offer them a digital afterlife. Although, this after life is at the cost of loss life and uniqueness of our selves. Hence, we have new problems in anthropology to consider humans alongside thier smart copies. Indeed, we have arrived at post-anthropology. Hence. we have to give up our tendency to anthropomorphize AI.

Although, the AI copies can outsmart human life, they do not seem to have the mental states of humans. This means AI are not like humans in their inner life. It is clear that AI does not have have human mental state. In this regard, there is an exception. It is only in the case of neuroprosthetsis that AI seems to participate in the metal life of a living human being. This means when AI is augmented with a brain of the living person it amplifies or supplements the metal life of that person as the case may be . This is why we cannot say that all AI do not have the mental states of humans . The situation becomes complex when AI is side by side and is a clone of the self. This possibility of our digital clones interacting with us and others and living beyond our death makes things confusingly complex. Thus the possibility of digital afterlife without the actual person (after the death of the person ) is both a paradox and an enigma. Thus it is not just the question of AI taking away our jobs in the future is a fundamental issue, but more realistically, we are in danger of being fully replaced by AI .

The digital clones of the human beings will not merely be smart Chat-bots after the death of the original person to his/her near and dear ones nor will the dead have digital life of thier own in thier clones. If so do these clones have moral status? It is difficult to deny the moral status of the digital clone of a person as it exhibits a capacity of acting and relating exactly like original person. In fact, the digital copy of the person out smarts the original person and will act and relate in different ways unimagined by the original person. Thus, we have the challenge to assign moral responsibility to actions of the digital clones both while the original person is alive as well as while he/she is dead. Hence, we have to grant that digital copies of humans are moral beings even when both the original humans are alive or dead. Besides, these ethical quandaries, digital Afterlife raises several theological, social and anthropological questions/issues. AI thus, is truly moving towards a human future. But this human future of AI threatens to replace real living humans. The human future of AI is without humans

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