The Mindscan process involves copying a person’s consciousness and transferring it to an artificial body, thus ensuring that even if the person in question dies, his or her consciousness will still continue to live and function normally through this artificial body. According to Sawyer (2005), the process begins by creating a replica of a person’s body using 3D prototyping equipment and artificial skeleton, which is produced using extensive x-rays.
To make it easier for one’s consciousness to adapt to the new body, almost every body part needs to match the body parts of the human body. For example, for Jacob Sullivan (Jake), even the new set of teeth for the artificial body matched the set of teeth for his human body. Once the artificial body is ready, the “client” is taken to the scanning chamber – almost similar to a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), which takes an instantaneous snapshot of the his or her mind. Importantly, while the captured consciousness is uploaded to the artificial body, the original person is transferred to the moon, since the two are not allowed to meet. Importantly, Jake was motivated to upload his consciousness to an artificial body for fear that he could lose his mind anytime because of Katerinsky’s syndrome, a hereditary disease that has an irreversible damage on the brain and result in death or turn him into a quadriplegic. His fears were worsened by the fact that his own father had been affected by the disease at almost the same age as his. On her part, Karen Bessarian uploaded her mind to an artificial body with the aim of protecting her copyrighted work for an even longer period of time. In addition, she also wanted to avoid loneliness as well as continue writing. Importantly, when compared to each other, both Jake and Karen uploaded their consciousness on artificial bodies with the home that their consciousness will live longer beyond the expected lifespan of a human being. While this is the case, Jake has a reason to regret in the sense that after reaching High Eden on the moon, he learned that doctors could nanotechnology to cure Katerinsky’s syndrome. As a young person, he regretted that he had made hasty decisions concerning Mindscan and as such, desired to come back to earth to get the treatment and continue enjoying life in his natural body. On her part, Karen’s regret was embedded in the fact that she feared growing old.