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It is in the format of a chat log. A man's consciousness was uploaded to a computer to save him. Now in the future, they downloaded his mind into a body, but the man gave permission for scientists to copy his consciousness and talk to it through a computer. The scientist on the computer is excited because he finally found a version of the consciousness that is stable and lasts more than a few seconds before going crazy. Does this short story sound familiar to anyone?

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  • Sounds a bit like "The Tear Problem," first published on EscapePod.org. But it is also ringing vague bells that I read or listened to this story also and was reminded of Roger Zelazny's "Go Starless in the Night".
    – Lexible
    Aug 13 '15 at 20:25
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    Does it have to be a short story? This sounds a great deal like the opening chapter of the novel "Permutation City." A man uploads his mind in another attempt to get a stable version that does not commit suicide.
    – Vicpylon
    Aug 14 '15 at 0:46
  • It looks like someone else found your post and used it to ask after it on Reddit: reddit.com/r/tipofmytongue/comments/3tholr/… That said, none of the provided answers look like matches to me.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Nov 20 '15 at 19:31
  • Are we looking for the same story? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/253554/…
    – alextes
    Sep 9 at 9:40
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It sounds very similar to "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)", which is a story about a guy who gets cryogenically frozen after death. A few hundred years in the future, he's revived (his consciousness is transferred to computers/machines). The doctors there tell him that this process (putting his consciousness into a machine) is dangerous and that some of the people who this happens to go mad/can't handle it. I believe that one of his 'forms' is blown up and the scientist/doctor uses a back-up and puts that into new machines.

Where it strays from your description is that eventually the protagonist is sent out into the solar system on a quest for worlds that can sustain life.

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This might be it. It was for me anyway and this question was one of the only things I could find that came even close.

https://interstice.com/~simon/AfterLife/index.html

  • not quite a chat log, but is written as a personal log!
  • a consciousness is uploaded, though not to save the man, it is simple impatience and desire to push the human boundary I feel.
  • somewhere in the future the mind upload becomes embodied again.
  • at first the other people on the team talk to the mind upload through text / audio on computers.
  • at the start it is mentioned that the host usually dies when trying to map the mind but their company is the first to have done it.

Happy reading!

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It does sound familiar. I found a similar story during my search. "Lena" by qntm and Sam Hughes, is about a neurology graduate Miguel Álvarez Acevedo whose consciousness and experiments thereof comprise the bulk of the story. The story reads like a summary report on the topic in the style of a Wikipedia entry.

The story is available here or archived here.

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