I recall fairly recently seeing a short story that was the "boot up dialog" while a stored "brain dump" was being first revived into a virtual computational state: being "uploaded". During the process, their memories were being scanned for copyrighted music (and other things?), and, since the person was not wealthy, had to choose between ads, and having parts of memories removed/overwritten.

Anyone know the source? My searchfu has failed me on this one.

  • This was in a recent "Best of" anthology with a name like "Life 2.0" but I haven't found the right one yet.
    – Spencer
    May 8, 2020 at 15:31

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I've seen this as a short video form, Welcome to Life, by Tom Scott. You can watch it on Youtube.

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    Clearly, I either read a transcript of this, or just remembered it wrong. This is exactly the work I had in mind. Thanks!
    – reedstrm
    May 8, 2020 at 15:09

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