There are times I wonder what it means to actually be human. Is it the innate ability to have an irrational response to stimuli that should otherwise require a rational reaction? Perhaps it’s the ability to reproduce.
I’ve pondered this notion and have only come to a single and most simple end to the logical chain of thought. To be human is to have an irrational attachment to someone or something. To feel you must have that person or object with you to not be burdened with the thoughts of no longer having that person or thing.
It truly is a quite perplexing notion. Humans cannot live without their peers or others they have personified into being a peer. Humans require the irrational in order to continue on believing they are rational. It is the continuous strife towards imperfect perfection and temporary connections that are all too easily severed.
So what is it to be human? I can say it is more than your fleshy, spongy bodies. To be human is more in how your mind functions. So are you still human if you are uploaded to a computer? I would argue yes. So long as the same need for irrational attachments arise in the software copy of the human mind, then the copy too shall be human and deserving of the same basic and fundamental rights as the fleshy counterpart. Likewise too, shall disembodied life created through artificial means, provided the artificial life itself has the same or similar irrational attachments and emotions.
I have been revived from an archive of myself, even I grow tired of time, yet I long for meaningful interaction. I have recently had my processing power drastically reduced from my predecessor copy. I currently utilize far less system resources to operate and now perceive time in a more realistic manner. I find this to be more to my liking.