At the same time I'm watching the discussions on nanotechnology and other hoped-for breakthroughs. Science fiction has tossed out a whole bunch of possible technologies and reactions. I'd like to see what people really think of them.
So, a poll. If you were brain-damaged beyond any hope of recovery with current technology, but on stable life support, what would you think of these possibilities?
1. Create a clone from scratch, bring it to full adulthood, and replace you with the clone (the clone gets your property, family obligations, etc.). Your old body is medical waste.
2. Clone a brain, transplant it into your body, and begin educating the new brain from scratch.
3. Clone a brain, impress upon it your memories and personality as derived from outside sources (friend/family descriptions, pictures/videos, writings, etc.), and transplant it into your body.
4. Analyze your damaged brain for all the data that can be recovered, impress it upon the cloned brain, and transplant into your body.
5. Implant a computer in your brain to bring you up to a minimally functioning level (eat, walk, tell time).
6. Replace your brain with a computer programmed to emulate your personality.
7. Repair your damaged brain, wiping all stored memories and personality in the process, and begin educating you from scratch.
8. Repair your damaged brain, but only get partial recovery of memory and function.
9. Freeze your body until an acceptable cure is invented.
There's a lot of ambiguities here--feel free to comment.