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The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality

The Strange Neuroscience of Immortality | Global Brain | 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
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Txs Dan as Well
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The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer

The Electronic Brain? Your Mind Vs. a Computer | Global Brain | Scoop.it

According to Chris Chatham at Developing Intelligence, the brain-computer metaphor has lead to a lot of over-simplification in our thinking about our thinking. "An unfortunate legacy is the tendency to seek out modularity in the brain... the idea that computers require memory has lead some to seek for the 'memory area,' when in fact these distinctions are far more messy." We're now learning that regions cannot be associated with a singular function (i.e. the frontal cortex as "the place where personality occurs").

The brain is not a storage dump, and consciousness is not a place. Synapses are also far more complex than electrical circuits. Neither processing speed nor short term memory capacity are fixed, whereas RAM is.


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