Jiriakel t1_izewyys wrote

The first draft of the Upload Procedure was messy. The clean part was easy: Company technicians would take a holographic image of the brain, which would be computed into a digital equivalent directly uploaded into our servers. But then you'd be left over with the Shell. Legally, it no longer was a person; but that didn't stop it from crying for help or begging for its life. At first it had been planned to use these shells as a sort of livestock, but the Ethics Comittee managed to convince Upper Management that there was a serious legislative risk. So instead we burned them.

Of course, the turn-over among technicians was incredibly high, but this wasn't what made Upper Management re-adjust the strategy. The real concerns were about those who didn't quit. It took a near-miss of a PR disaster - pictures of the After-Upload were almost leaked to the press by a now-uploaded employee - for Upper Management to change gears and instore the Theseus Protocol. Your brain would be replaced, bit by bit, by our cybernetic replacement. And once you were ready, well you could upload neatly from the comfort of your own home. After-Upload care was conveniently left to the governement.

At first, we would replace a tenth of your brain every year. After a decade, you would be ready for Upload ! But bio-cybernetic compatibility was a messy thing. People complained about bad implants, headaches, nausea. So we started to shorten the waiting period. 6 months, then 3, then 1, then a single week. Nowadays most people get their whole brain blasted out all at once in one convenient procedure, then they return home to upload themselves. The average time between Cybernetic Implant and Upload is under an hour.

Not that the programming leaves them any choice about it.