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Cooperative Neural Networks Suggest How Intelligence Evolved

Cooperative Neural Networks Suggest How Intelligence Evolved | Consciousness | Scoop.it
A new computer simulation support a long-held theory that social interactions may have triggered brain evolution in human ancestors...

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Are You Living in a Simulation?

"A common assumption in the philosophy of mind is that of substrate-independence. The idea is that mental states can supervene on any of a broad class of physical substrates. Provided a system implements the right sort of computational structures and processes, it can be associated with conscious experiences. It is not an essential property of consciousness that it is implemented on carbon-based biological neural networks inside a cranium: silicon-based processors inside a computer could in principle do the trick as well."

 

by Nick Bostrom

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Silicon Immortality: Downloading Consciousness into Computers

While medicine will advance in the next half century, we are not on a crash-course for achieving immortality by curing all disease. Bodies simply wear down with use. We are on a crash-course, however, with technologies that let us store unthinkable amounts of data and run gargantuan simulations. Therefore, well before we understand how brains work, we will find ourselves able to digitally copy the brain's structure and able to download the conscious mind into a computer.

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