Question of the week: If you had the chance to spend eternity in a computer simulation, would you take it?

Published: 3/14/2019 12:10:19 AM

ONE OF THE MOST beloved episodes in the Netflix show Black Mirror is titled “San Junipero,” which is partly a love story and partly (spoiler alert) an exploration of (seriously, spoiler alert) a computer-generated afterlife. We won’t get too deep into how the fictional “San Junipero” works, but it’s essentially a virtual reality world that people can visit while alive and stay for eternity after death. Put simpler, it’s technology taken to the extreme: a copy of human consciousness uploaded to the cloud. That’s a lot to take in, especially if you haven’t seen the episode, but what we want to know is this: If you had the chance to spend eternity in a pleasant computer simulation after your physical body had reached its expiration date, would you do it? Email your response by noon on Tuesday, March 19, to Please keep it between 150 and 400 words, and include an address and phone number for verification. We’ll run a selection in next Thursday’s Forum section.

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