Eric Blohm, Student at um
Do you see a future where humans can upload their conciousness into a computer?
In principle, I can imagine a future where—some orders of magnitude from now in terms of storage, processing, scanning, and so forth—it does become possible to reproduce a brain at the "connectome" level in a machine. All sorts of just unbelievably, incredibly strange things happen here, not the least of which is that any of these minds can effectively be copied ad infinitum. Why employ a physics department, when you can have a 1:1 Einstein-to-undergraduate ratio, plus another hundred thousand Einsteins publishing research? It just gets astoundingly weird. Now, what (if anything at all) it might "be like" to "be" one of those whole-brain-emulation virtual-machine minds is another question entirely. Continue reading...