Do you think it's possible that intelligence, consciousness could be transfigured into code? That we could exist in virtual realities of our own design? I think it's not only possible, but that it's possible within my lifetime, and probably most of yours. I think it's possible that this will mean we can live as long as we want, secure as files stored in quantum computers, able to filter and tailor the experiences of our existence, like super-powered parental controls. We'll be our own Gods, and will be unable to harm each other or inflict our will on others, but will be able to interract in ways never before imagined. I think it will be awesome, I wish there was more interrest in making it happen. I see it as a panacea to all man's woes.
There are certainly some major hurdles in making such a thing happen. Mostly it's all the code-writing that would have to be done to encapsulate the variables of human experience. We also have to finish making quantum computers. Right now, we're at the baby-steps stage with quantum computers, but the fundaments are there, and the LHC is going to be a huge boon to all of quantum mechanics. Hopefully by the time we develope the ENIAC* of quantum computers, we will also have made robots capable of code-writing. Currently, we have robots that can breakdance and robots that can beat us at Jeopardy, which is pretty damn good. That's means they already have a huge capability to integrate massive amounts of data and organize it in ways that can describe many aspects of human existence.
Another major facet of this gem is that we need to finish learning all of how the human system works. This is why I love all the discussion here about fundamental scientific and philisophical issues. I do it not only to learn more myself but to educate as many people as I can about this shit because I really think it's the last thing we'll ever have to invent. I think it'll all be smooth-ass sailing from there! Who's with me?
*That was the first computer ever created, for those of you too young to care. And for those of you who wish to argue that ABC was the first computer, here's an article for you