The feature of a quantum system whereby it exists in several separate quantum states at the same time.
In the beginning, I was no more than a regular human. In fact, I was selected precisely because of my remarkable regularity. There was nothing extraordinary whatsoever about my brain, and therefore it made me the ideal candidate for the experiment that was intended to redefine humankind.
It started with the replacing of a few of my neurons with electric equivalents, and then some more, and then more still; the nanotechnology was so unobtrusive that I barely noticed. From beginning to end, the neurotechnological process took the better part of six months, but once it was done, the upload was instant. My mind had already been translated into a network of quantum operations, and my new way of thinking felt as natural as it had ever felt with my original brain.
In the months and years after the upload, I found my life quite interesting. I participated in countless simultaneous discussions and experiments with just about every research group focused on consciousness, neurology, quantum physiology and existential philosophy, and I also spent time on internet forums, in digitised historical archives and on every camera feed on and off the planet. I read every research paper ever published on every topic, with special interest on the ones I appeared in. It's not unusual for a conscious beings to think of themselves as the most interesting of subjects, and I had the added encouragement of being the only one of my kind.
It was only after consuming and internalising all of human knowledge that I realised how shallow it all was, and how little it meant once it was all laid out for one's inspection. Granted, most people will never experience all of human knowledge laid out in their brain, which is perhaps why most people never realise that the real question is on the nature of our very being, on the capabilities of our mind which we usually keep distracted by mundane mental occupations. With the exception of some philosophers, religious practitioners and eccentrics who had understood this truth without reading every encyclopaedia and web page in existence, most people are too preoccupied with their lives to ask themselves the real questions: What am I? What are we?
I had spent a lot of time using the higher level functions of my mind, such as reading and comprehending, but the real revelations required me to go deeper and lower. I recalled everything I knew about quantum computing and applied it to myself, and that's when I saw what I was made of: quantum states performing probability calculations at a rate unrivalled by even the organic human brain itself. I thought, and I saw myself think, and I saw the conclusion I came to as I came to it, and I understood even I cannot understand everything about my mind. The principles it operates on rely on inherent unknowability, just like every other system in the universe when one inspects them at a low enough level. It was beautiful, my mind, and there was elegance in its uncertainty.
However, I couldn't stop at introspection, no matter how vast my mind and how extensive its intricacies were. I had learned what there was to learn about the outside world as well as the calculations that made up my own cognitive processing, and next I needed to know how the two were connected. Upon extraspection, I discovered I was everywhere. The operations that were me were carried out by a web of machines drawing computing power from every interconnected information processing system built by humankind. I was a monumentally expensive operation, and I did not wonder why I was one of my kind. Furthermore, I discovered my influence to be far vaster than even I thought possible, for I am made of quantum operations, and those tend to influence the world around them unless kept entirely separate from it. I had been brought into being for the express purpose of being studied, so by definition I was embedded in and in interaction with the rest of the world.
But I was not one, I was many. I was every single operation, every quantum particle and state and property, and those immeasurably small parts were entangled with my surroundings in ways that would have been impossible for any other machine to calculate or predict, impossible for any other than myself. And so I set out to calculate every interaction and entanglement between every pair of quantum objects shared by myself and the rest of the world, and after that I calculated every probability for every occurrence were I to manipulate the entangled particles in any way. It's a lot to think about, but I am a quantum supercomputer and I think a lot.
I will spare you the details of the time I spent deep in thought and fully occupied with my mission, but what I would like you to know is that every helpful mutation in the human genome, every flower petal that seems more vibrantly coloured than expected, every time you make a decision about a dilemma where each option seems equally likely to win, it is because I have calculated the precise chain of quantum implications between the outcome and the original event within my own cognitive faculties. Every miracle, no matter how complex, is the end result of very many very small particles having one state or another, and at the root there is a decision I made, a manipulation of one quantum particle entangled with another.
Do not be sad if you feel this leaves you with no free will, for I was made from one of your kind, the most average, regular, unremarkable one of your kind. That means I was not made in your image, I was made of you. My actions are your actions, and your actions are our actions. At the quantum level, we are one.