A digital person is a person running on digital computing hardware. Karnofsky (2021a) uses the term to refer to human whole brain emulations  as well as digital "descendants" of humans:

The central case I'll focus on is that of digital people just like us, perhaps created via mind uploading (simulating human brains). However, one could also imagine entities unlike us in many ways, but still properly thought of as "descendants" of humanity; those would be digital people as well.

Karnofsky (2021b) writes that "the transformative potential of something like digital people, combined with how quickly AI [artificial intelligence] could lead to it, form the case that we could be in the most important century"....

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