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Mind Upload

Do we need to become biologically immortal? Or could we one day upload our minds to the cloud and live forever in a virtual world (AKA digital cryonics)?

Whole brain emulation

What would be required to reproduce a human brain in silicon? We would need technologies powerful enough to support the three key steps in its development:

  • Scanning
  • Translation
  • Simulation

Scanning would need to be done to a fine enough resolution to capture the intricacies of the brain, probably needing an automatic handling system, and a way to fix the brain for the duration so that it is scanned as an instant in time. This 3D scan would then need to be translated into a digital model incorporating all of the neurocomputational components, such as cells and synapses, and their current state. The final step, the simulation, is then mainly down to brute force computing – processor speed and quantity, memory and lightning fast communication between them all.

Resources

Academic

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University and author of several books.

Book

Explores the limitless potential of reverse-engineering the human brain.

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Recent News

Preserving personal data maybe our way to live forever

Russia Beyond The Headlines - 23-Apr-2020

Will it be enough just to preserve the mind or can we have more?

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Will uploaded minds have equal rights to the biological you?

Guardian - 20-Oct-2019

Michael SA Graziano provides some tempting questions and answers addressed in his new book

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Merging biological and artificial intelligence

Observer.com - 14-Aug-2019

Musk suggests using brain chip for treating neurological diseases, such as dementia

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