…Steven Hawking would be it. As you, my dear readers, may have heard, Steven Hawking isill. At age 21, he diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), which over the years has completely paralysed his body, save for a few fingers. Also, for the past few weeks, he has also had to be hospitalized for a chest infection that has hospitalized him.
I don’t wish to sound like I’m parading someone else’s tragedy for my own purposes, but Professor Hawkings’ case is a perfect example of why we need mind uploading. His brain is completely unaffected by his condition, and he has managed to make some of the most important scientific insights in human history. But he has done so against incredible odds. When first diagnosed, his doctors gave him 2-3 years, tops. So far, he has lived 46 years. Partially because of sheer will, but also simply because he has been exceptionally lucky.
If we did have mind uploading, Hawking would have the option to leave his body permanently, and become able-bodied again. He would be able to go on and make even more incredible scientific discoveries, perhaps even uncovering the “theory of everything”, the ultimate physical law of the universe. But as it is, he’s trapped. His body is killing him, and unfortunately there’s nothing he can do.