Remote Personality Cache/Display

 
by Annie Stein
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by Annie Stein
Remote Personality Cache/Displays ( abbreviated RPC/D ) are artificial bodies used to temporarily host a person so they may communicate in real time across vast distances. As of today the technology is prohibitively expensive, with prices only governments and megacorporations can afford.

Operation

Phase 1 Electrodes are placed on the scalp and chest of the client to encode the consciousness.
Phase 2 The consciousness is securely bundled and encrypted
Phase 3 The consciousness is transferred to the RPC/D at the speed of light.
Phase 4 The client is successfully uploaded and can now fully utilize the RPC/D.
The first RPC/Ds were little more than terminals, allowing communication through a visual display. These terminals were somewhat distressing to an intelligent mind, who is rarely mentally prepared to have most of their sensation and ability removed. Today they are fully customizable artificial dryware bodies. The standard model resembles a typical human physique with two legs and two arms, and an adjustable spine to allow for height variation.   Bundling, uploading and downloading a consciousness are all tasks that can only be preformed at a suitable facility, and require a multidisciplinary team of highly specialized engineers, neuroscientists and physicians. It is completely safe, provided no corners are cut.

Advantages

 
No Delays in Communication once Telepresence is established
Communication cannot be intercepted

Drawbacks

 
Uploading and downloading the consciousness safely and securely can take several hours
High maintenance requirements

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Could someone intercept me while I am being transmitted?
Your consciousness is safely and securely bundled and can only be uploaded into the designated RPC/D or returned to your original body.
Q: What happens if the RPC/D is destroyed while I am in it?
The RPC/D will send you back to your original body. While the transmission and download takes time, the RPC/D can instantly and safely eject you should anything happen.
Q: Can I live forever in an RPC/D?
RPC/Ds have a ten year warranty, and are not intended to be life extension devices. We also regret to inform you that a bundled consciousness still ages and has the same lifespan limitations.
Q: What happens if the power goes out at my destination?
The RPC/D has an emergency power supply. When it begins to run low, the RPC/D prioritize your safe return.
Q: What if my body dies while I'm uploaded?
In the extremely unlikely event that your body dies, you will be provided a RPC/D free of charge to host you.
Q: What happens if the transfer fails?
If the transfer should fail at any point, you will be safely returned back to your original body.
Producer
Juggernaut Technologies
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Master PrincessESH
Aster Blackwell
24 Jul, 2022 19:36

The layout of this article is lovely! So brief and easy to understand, and the graphics pull it all together! I have to say, though, something about having my consciousness bundled up and hurtled across the vacuum of space gives me a... unique anxiety

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
24 Jul, 2022 19:51

I think I'd be more concerned if it caused no anxiety whatsoever! Thank you so much, I'm glad you liked my article ^^

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Amélie I. S. Debruyne
25 Jul, 2022 14:35

I love the way you've presented this article, it really looks like a medical leaflet! And like any medical leaflet, seeing those reassuring Q&A only makes me more anxious about the procedure XD Really great work with the timeline, Q&A and advantages/disadvantages. And I really like the concept of transfer of consciousness as a solution for the FTL limit :D

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Annie Stein
26 Jul, 2022 08:39

Thank you so much! I like partial solutions that have their own drawbacks. I feel like they keep things interesting!

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4 Aug, 2022 01:58

Amazing layout! I think my favorite FAQ is what happens if I die . . . Also the ten year warranty. Hope for their sake that no corners were cut.

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Annie Stein
5 Aug, 2022 09:09

Thank you! The Juggernaut Technologies RPC/D is as safe as it gets. Where things will really start to get fun is when other megacorps begin producing knock offs. It's a technology I hope to see evolve (devolve?) as the setting matures. >:D

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
5 Aug, 2022 13:30

My favorite part, understated in its consequences if no one thinks about it too much, is definitely this:  

The consciousness is securely bundled and encrypted
  Yeah, no way that could ever go wrong. :D   I really like this take on the prompt, that it is something different and unusual. What travels is the mind, and what it travels to.. Well. >:D   Are there anything that lives within these lanes of mental conveyance? Viruses or parasites, echos of people who died while in one, or anything like that? :D   Great, awesome article, with amazing layout :D


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Sage nnie
Annie Stein
5 Aug, 2022 13:47

Absolutely no way at all!   Thank you! There's no viruses or echoes of dead bundled consciousnesses in space (yet), but I imagine it must be possible for things to get corrupted, and as the technology develops so too will attempts to subvert it. It wouldn't surprise me if Juggernaut Technologies already has a trojan horse in there, quietly logging things for the Martian government just in case.

Creator of Solaris & The Morning Realm -— Worldember 2022
9 Aug, 2022 01:08

Another fascinating article from this world. I like that it is NOT a life extension method but if your physical body dies for some reason, you can live out your days in your robot body. Love the layout, it reads like a mix between a technical white-page and a brochure XD.

Sage nnie
Annie Stein
9 Aug, 2022 09:08

Thank you! RPC/Ds were originally developed as a potential life extension method, which is how they know it doesn't work for those purposes. I'm glad you liked the layout! I was thrilled when the idea of doing a Q&A popped into my head, because it allowed for a much more natural way of addressing all the concerns one might have with a technology like this.

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