Obstacles to Mind Uploading

Obstacles to Mind Uploading

Sing The Body Electric “Mind Uploading” is the idea that the pattern of information which constitutes your perceptual awareness, memories, personality, and all other cognitive functions can be abstracted from the brain it developed in, and “run” on a different computational substrate. In other words; that the stuff which makes you, you could in principle escape the inherent limitations of human biology… such as inevitable short-term mortality. If it is plausible, that is a profoundly powerful and transformative idea. Of course, the uploading idea has a myriad of opponents. The vast majority are ill-informed people whose opposition relies more on

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Episode 19 – Really People Facebook did nothing wrong ‘ish’ – The Technocracy

In this edition, the top news starts with: A great idea out of China, where they are building a smart solar highway that can recharge electric cars on the move. Replacing all the roads with such a system would really make electrical cars orders of magnitude more practical, even with current battery technology. see: http://www.thetechnocracy.com/2018/04/17/episode-19-really-people-facebook-did-nothing-wrong-ish/

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From Smart Cities to Posthuman Architecture

Beyond Smart Cities The concept of “Smart Cities” has been around for the better part of a decade, referring to a city which uses sensors and other data collection methods to better manage its assets and resources. From a Transhumanist perspective, however, that seems a rather limited, even parochial notion of what a truly “smart” city might be capable of. After all, if an entire city were transformed into an intelligent system complete with sensors, effectors and feedback loops, then it is really not such a leap to expect that the city would effectively be an AI, and that its

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Transhumanism, Optimism, & the Meaning of Life

The Central Meme of Transhumanism “I believe in Transhumanism: once there are enough people who can truly say that, the human species will be on the threshold of a new kind of existence, as different from ours as ours is from that of Peking man. It will at last be consciously fulfilling its real destiny.” – Julian Huxley, ‘Transhumanism’, in “New Bottles for New Wine” “What is a human being, then?’ ‘A seed.’ ‘A … seed?’ ‘An acorn that is unafraid to destroy itself in growing into a tree.” ― David Zindell, “The Broken God” The “Central Meme of Transhumanism”

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Spielberg’s “Ready Player One”, Social Justice, & Transhumanism

Steven Spielberg’s new blockbuster, “Ready Player One” (RP1) is a return to form which trades on around a million (very knowing) 1980s pop-culture references, while also managing to connect those references to a larger narrative about future society and how it should best be managed. You can find a full description of the film’s plot here. What’s in a Game? The essential logic underlying RP1 is that games matter. Events and entities within games may be fictional, but they can have consequences serious enough to raise the question: In what senses can fictions also be realities? That, of course, is

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Why ASI Will Need Mankind

Mankind has come closer than any other lifeform to answering the “Why” because of our supreme level of intelligence.   The enhancement of this intelligence is the only way to enhance our understanding of the universe. Developing AI is, in itself, the essence of enhancing the capabilities that define mankind.  However, because this tool would solve more problems than we ever could, it would also have the capability of carrying out mankind’s fundamental purpose of existence (as an entity composed of matter) in a more efficient way (to accelerate the growth of matter).  What use is mankind, as we are now

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Ready Player One: AR Gaming Meets Transhumanism

If you are looking for the accompanying TNET article about Steven Spielberg’s new movie “Ready Player One”, you will find it here.  [ARG6 Order of the Inner Court] This post is the last in a six part series, links to and information about which you can find below. Be here, ready to refresh this page when the timer below reaches zero, and – if you have read the six articles carefully – then you may see a door open… [EDIT: Timer now lapsed. Your QueSt begins in the Black Room. Look behind the easter egg.] Welcome to a Rabbit Hole

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The Singularity Depends on Mining (AGI and Rare Earth Minerals)

In this special edition:  The rare earth elements have been in the news lately and we thought it would be good to discuss the background and current state of affairs in this matter, given the worldwide importance of these minerals in modern technology. This might also give you context as to why this is included in the computational model of the Singularity Index or S.I..   As detailed in Hobart M. King’s excellent article on geology.com, the uses for these materials span the gamut across industries in our modern world from aerospace to consumer electronics, defense to medical devices. Nearly every

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Killer AI, Black Mirrors, & Murphy’s Law

Debate over the risk and promise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies can be depressingly simplistic, often polarised into two camps with views that are extreme to the point of caricature. On the one hand we have those whose understanding of AI seems to have been predominantly informed by 1980s movies like The Terminator and Wargames, in which killer AI is bent on destruction of the human race. At the other end of the spectrum we have those who seem to believe that AI can do no harm, and that left unregulated it will lead to a risk-free cornucopia

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Big Data Knows You, Better Than You Do

No Such Thing As A Free Meal There are always strings attached, they say. Perhaps this is nowhere more true than in the human mind, which believes itself to be in charge of its own conscious decisions when evidence frequently suggests otherwise. We, humans, tend to at least implicitly believe that we have “free will”, which is to say the ability to make choices with them being in some sense intrinsically determined in advance. Tor Nørretranders is just one of many researchers who has argued (in his book “The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to Size”) that humans have an

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