[ExI] Yesterday's Mashed Potatoes
lcorbin at rawbw.com
Mon Apr 21 05:35:34 UTC 2008
> I would presume/assume... that you would take the view that
> 'the pattern' would be wholly intact when a subject is cryo
Not "wholly", any more than your pattern is preserved after
brain surgery. But cryopreservation does not appear at present
likely to destroy enough memories to wreck your "pattern".
> If so, would cryonic suspension not be the perfect temporary
> measure for those who think successful uploading is a little
> too far away? It would be a prudent insurance policy...
Don't forget: it may be possible to do *both*. (Oh yes, here
we go again. Some people just *cannot* stomach the idea of
there being two of them.) On a non-destructive upload---which,
unless the technology is EXTREMELY well-proved, is the only
way to go---you can be uploaded *and* remain cryopreserved.
(Of course very interesting problems remain: what if the matter---
kilogram after kilogram---of your frozen body is *obviously*
wasted in the view you now have, as a really and true Alex
who is thinking a thousand times faster than pre-upload, and
a lot better. But I've only touched the surface of the iceberg
> it would seem that the freezer is a perfect stop gap until the
> uploading technology is available. It would also solve a few
> technical problems associated with uploading.
> The more I think about it, it would seem to solve most if not
> all the problems of cryo as well.
You mean successful uploading. Absolutely. They potentially
serve as backups to each other, from where you're coming.
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