Relocating a consciousness; it’s tricky.
What we’re interested in is the relationship between the particles, rather than the composition particles; the pattern rather than the material. But the relationship is affected by the composition; differing matters interact differently, and are affected by outside forces to differing degrees.
However, I remain convinced that it is a matter of experimentation, and though medium is relevant, and will affect the functioning of a consciousness, this is not necessarily a negative factor; that we can bring about a state where matter other than flesh can be trained to interact with each other in the manner of neurons, perhaps in a more durable, reliable, less exhaustible, and potentially infinitesimally more compact manner. Perhaps, in this medium, consciousnesses will be able to interact directly.
Perhaps we can replicate the function of our neurons on elements that exist on the quantum level, and live and think with-in particles than are insensitive to the storms and qualms of the greater physical plain. Thought outside of physicality and time. This is, of course, pure speculation.
What then? Who knows. Scale changes not just in terms of time and space. Senses as we know them perhaps become history, which, in turn, completely alters what we are.
Perhaps we will meet other civilizations in the time of the great contraction, when matter and energy once again meet in the centre; perhaps this has already happened countless times, and somewhere in the universe great civilizations exist together in a space smaller than the distance between these words and your mind. Perhaps the universe is filled with consciousnesses.
What would such minds contemplate? Would this be a barren realm, filled with machines deprived of any function, destined to atrophy? Or a new space where we can create and explore new vistas?