When I started my Thursday what ifs, I explained that I use these as jumping off points for my stories.
This particular "what if?" is a part of a story that I've been kicking around for a couple years. One of these days, I may even write some of it down.
What if there was a way to upload a human consciousness into a computer? Would this be preferable to creating artificial intelligences? Would the person who was uploaded survive the process?