Duplicate by Phoenix Ward 3/5
Upon death, the neurological data that composes one’s personality is downloaded and installed onto computers in the next evolution of A.I.s. These programs are known as installed intelligences, or I.I.s, and they are the secret to human immortality. In recent years, the installation process has opened up for the wealthy public as a means to keep family members alive after their body has died.
The premise is intriguing and drew me in. The idea of the immortal soul is not a new concept, but mix it with science and tech and you have a fascinating story. The ethics and legal barriers to such a practice could be explored more in a longer novella or novel.
Although intriguing, I could have done with a little more explanation. Short stories don’t lend themselves well to in-depth back stories or info dumps, and that’s why I think this story would work well as a longer story.
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