Losing Oneself, but Gaining Immortality

World of Tomorrow, much like Advantageous, shows us the dangers of trying to live forever. Both films have the central theme of placing your consciousness in another body. In Advantageous, it is hinted that the bodies are grown in a lab, while in World of Tomorrow, you grow a clone of yourself inside your own body, much like a baby. Both films also show problems with these processes, and that only the upper-class can have these procedures done.

Gwen Koh’s new body needs shots every two hours so she can breathe properly, and her consciousness is not entirely placed in her new body, only some memories and scattered pieces of her personality. She becomes a different person, killing her former self in the process.

In World of Tomorrow, Emily’s future clone does not seem quite human. She speaks in a monotone voice, and her speech pattern matches that of a stereotypical robot. She also seems to glitch, as does her husband, David. Making her seem even more robotic, Clone Emily says that she had fallen in love with a rock, a gas pump, and an alien creature she hatched. This is more along the lines of Artificial Intelligence trying to learn what love is, and grasping at anything that interests them. She calls it “love”, because she does not know what real love is and thinks that this is what she is feeling.

The subject of losing one’s memories through this process is also shown in both films. Gwen loses many memories of her past life as soon as she has the operation, making her a stranger to her own daughter. Clone Emily goes to meet Emily Prime for the sole purpose to retrieve a memory that she had forgotten that she wants to remember. It is a very simple memory too; it’s a memory of Emily Prime and her mother walking together. Clone Emily also says that people are able to upload their memories into cubes, and that she had created an art exhibit using people’s memories. So much emphasis is placed on memories and the self in these films, but people still try to continue living, even though those memories are lost in the end.

Is immortality worth it if you lose yourself in the process?

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