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

Brain Preservation Foundation - http://www.brainpreservation.org/
Promotes scientific research and services development in the field of whole brain preservation for long-term static storage.

Terasem Movement - http://www.terasemcentral.org/
Focuses on preserving, evoking, reviving and downloading human consciousness.

Recent News

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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Scheme for mind-uploading centuries in the future

Kurzweil Network - 14-Mar-2018

Brain’s connectome contains 150 trillion microscopic synaptic connections.

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