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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality

The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality | Consciousness | Scoop.it

Inside researcher Kenneth Hayworth of Harvard University is quoted in The Chronicle Review:


"The human race is on a beeline to mind uploading: We will preserve a brain, slice it up, simulate it on a computer, and hook it up to a robot body."


Chronicle continues, "He wants that brain to be his brain. He wants his 100 billion neurons and more than 100 trillion synapses to be encased in a block of transparent, amber-colored resin—before he dies of natural causes.


Why? Ken Hayworth believes that he can live forever.


But first he has to die."


Article by Evan R. Goldstein

Illustrations by Harry Campbell for The Chronicle Review


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Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 7:39 AM
txs for this Wildcat
Mariana Soffer's comment, July 17, 2012 7:39 AM
Txs Dan as Well
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‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI

‘Mind uploading’ featured in academic journal special issue for first time | KurzweilAI | Consciousness | Scoop.it

The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the Introduction to this issue.


“Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.”


Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs, Goertzel and Ilke’ note.

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