In Altered Carbon, the body no longer matters. As one character quipped: "You shed it like a snake sheds its skin." That's because the human consciousness has been digitised, and can be moved between bodies - both real and synthetic.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.