Both the Brain Activity Map (BAM) and the Human Brain Project (HBP) emphasize scientific results and medical applications, which of course are very important, but I hope that this race to the brain will produce real, game-changing breakthroughs and take the first steps toward whole brain emulation, new mentality substrates, and mind uploading. Continue reading The REAL importance of brain mapping research
In my article “Uploaded e-crews for interstellar missions” on KurzweilAI, republished by io9 as “Why we should send uploaded astronauts on interstellar missions,” I make a modest proposal for cost-effective interstellar missions: to do without the wetware bodies of the crew, and send only their minds to the stars, their software, uploaded to advanced “computronium” circuitry, just like in Charlie Stross’ fictional Field Circus miniature starship.
Humans want to survive. Religion is about getting “saved”, and the desire to be saved is basically an allegory on the urgency to want to live. Living isn’t always fun (ask Eugen) but over-all it beats being dead. The desire to live is innate to us as human beings, and many would want to do so even in stark and hostile conditions. Think about the sacrifices the Inuit make for survival. Think about the sheer perseverance of people in concentration camps. Many went on, no matter what hardship they endured. Continue reading Immortality, Quantum Archaeology and my Poo Collection
In A Window of Opportunity, Dr. Randal A. Koene says that the long term future will either not involve us or will demand that we become vastly more adaptable. “Ultimately, that is where the solution to adaptability lies, in the ability to move functions of the mind to many different types of substrates — to be substrate independent minds (SIM)… Almost every religion attempts to address the problem of Being, and most espouse some form of adaptable existence whereby experience can be carried on in another substrate,” he says. I agree, and I think our ultimate cosmic destiny is to leave biology behind and become cyber angels. Continue reading Mind uploading, vitology, and crystal minds
There is more and more, and often positive, coverage of mind uploading and cybernetic immortality in the press, and it appears that leaving biology behind and becoming cyber angels is an idea whose time has come. Continue reading Becoming cyber angels
Good article (in French) published in February 2012 by the Swiss popular magazine L’illustré, based on an interview with me of December 2011. The Singularity, transhumanism, cyborgs, virtual realities, cryonics, brain preservation, mind uploading, post-biological life, living in a simulation, all included. Continue reading 2050, ET L’HOMME DEVINT SURHOMME | L’illustré
Science fiction authors Richard Morgan and Greg Egan have described mind uploading and “backup copies” as a practical technology for immortality. Of course, “carbon chauvinists” often speak against mind uploading, and some have interesting things to say. Continue reading The Perils and the Promises of Mind Uploading