Science fiction captures us in a state of dreams because it’s something we want but cannot get. So instead of giving up all hopes, we want to imagine up the possibilities even though some science fiction kinds of stuff would be forever suspended in our imagination. We also like to dream up many far-fetched scenarios that may or may not be possible in the near future when we would be long gone. It’s for the future generation we hope because we dream about it now.
With such a spirit, let me steal some ideas from the Matrix and some ideas from Three Body series so I could marry these ideas up to form something really out of this world. If you have watched the Matrix series, you know that in this world it’s possible for humans to quickly digest digital information directly from machine to the brain as a brain got a connection which can siphon learned digital materials from machines. If you have read or listened to books in Three Body series, you know that hibernation is a thing! So why don’t we marry the Matrix’s brain-machine connection with hibernation?
Imagine this, you may want to upload a copy of your brain into a machine or a robot, and allow this robot to live as you in the real world while you hibernate away. Let’s say you automate your hibernate chamber to wake you up every 100 years so you could come out and play and get some sunshine before you go back to your centennial sleep. When you wake up, the new era would be way smarter and more advanced than you, and so you would allow the robot that had lived for 100 years in your place to upload the experience of 100 years into your brain so you could catch up with the time in seconds and minutes.
Furthermore, you could direct your robo-self to invest and make money while you’re hibernating away. This way, when you wake up 100 years later you could be wealthier. Of course, if your robo-self got a buggy program, you could be poorer instead. It’s a jungle out there while you’re sleeping into the future, and so I guess you could never expect to be 100% sure that you could be a billionaire when you wake up right? Regardless, at least you know you could be a lot smarter when you wake up since you could learn all the mistakes and successes from the experiences that the robot uploads to your brain.
Let’s say you only want to play in the sun for 10 days each time you wake up, and the math could continue on to let you sleep and wake, play and then sleep again — almost as if forever young into the future. Each time you wake up you only waste 10 days of your life, but the future medical care is so advanced that you would be 100% free from diseases. Well, unless the future is going to regress into a new dark age, you would probably be fine! So, you would set your sleeping chamber to wake you up whenever a new century arrives so you could come out to play in the sun and absorb all the experiences from the robot. Oh, your robot probably upgrades itself as time progresses, and so you don’t have to upgrade your robot when you’re awake!
You get the idea, this setup could let you live for a very long time into the future. If such things ever escape science-fiction and come to play in reality realm, we could say humans almost achieve immortality. Humans could then wake up from a dream each time to witness a newer century. Perhaps, the earth itself would cease to be hospitable and the sun would cease to shine and yet humans could still sleeping away in a coffin just to be woken up in a newer century!