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Brain Scanning entails scanning a person's brain and copying their consciousness, personality and memories into data format. This process was pioneered by David Munshi in 2015 and used by Catherine Chun in 2103 to create scans of the staff members of PATHOS-II for use in her ARK project.
At the beginning of the 21st century, David Munshi, PhD student in computer science, together with his colleague Paul Berg, a graduation student in neuroscience, were developing the Neurograph Nakajima at Pace Laboratories in Toronto. The objective was to scan a damaged brain to produce a computer model, conduct tests on the model without risk and find the optimal treatment for each patient. Later, this pioneer work lead to the development of A.I. construction, with the brain scan of Simon Jarrett, scanned in 2015 as one of the first test subjects, becoming a template model that would come with every development kit.
In Upsilon, in 2103, before the station's evacuation, Cief Factor Jane Adams orders the crew to stop using the pilot system due to complaints of the staff about experimenting headaches and such after the usage of pilot seats. It was later found that these were the collateral effects of the scanning process since WAU, acting on its own, has modified the pilot seats, used by Pathos-II personnel to control working robots, in a way that any staff member who used a pilot seat was brain scanned in secret. These scans were uploaded by WAU in machines over Pathos-II, creating the so called Mockingbirds.
The scanning technique used by WAU seemed to be superior to the neurograph technology used so far, producing more advanced sims. Catherine, who was developing a AR (Artificla Reality)-capsule to run primitive neurograph models, tried to run WAU's scan of Imogen Reed, but it was so "real" that didn't play well with the convencinal AI models. She then used the modified pilot seats to replicate the scanning technique developed by WAU for her project ARK.
The exact mechanics of brain scanning remain unclear, however, it does not transfer the mind; it produces a copy of the original mind, meaning that multiple copies of the same brain scan can exist.
Once stored in data format, the brain scan can be uploaded to a special Cortex Chip, which can be used to give machinery human intelligence and behavior.
There may be limits to how much mental pressure a copied personality can stand; for example, unless given the right conditions, Brandon Wan's brain scan will shut down due to excessive stress levels. This might also depend on the physical body the scan is loaded into, since Simon Jarrett's brain scan can survive the horrors of PATHOS-II with no ill effects.
|“||So my mind is covering it up pretending nothing is different.||”|
|“||If it didn't you probably would be incapable to interact with the world at all and the stress would either kill you or make you go insane.||”|