[ExI] ExtroBritannia: Emulating Brains, with Anders Sandberg

estropico estropico at gmail.com
Tue Oct 28 19:39:35 UTC 2008

Emulating brains: silicon dreams or the next big thing?

The next ExtroBritannia event is scheduled for Saturday November the 22nd
2008; 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Venue: Room 403, 4th floor (via main lift), Main
Building, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX. The event is
free and everyone's welcome.

The idea of creating a faithful copy of a human brain has been a popular
philosophical thought experiment and science fiction plot for decades. How
close are we to actually doing it, how could it be done, and what would the
consequences be? This talk will trace trends in computing, neuroscience, lab
automaton and microscopy to show how whole brain emulation could become
feasible in the mid term future.

Speaker: Anders Sandberg, Neuroethics researcher at the Future of Humanity
Institute, Oxford University.

Join the debate! There is no charge to attend and everyone is welcome.

Venue: Room 403 is on the fourth floor (via the main lift) in the main
Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only
square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell
Square or Goodge St tube stations. MAP <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps>

Discussion is likely to continue after the event, in a nearby pub (see
below), for those who are able to stay. Why not join some of the UKTA
regulars for a light lunch beforehand, any time after 12.30pm, in The
Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ.

Extrobritannia is the monthly public event of the United Kingdom
Transhumanist Association <http://www.transhumanist.org.uk/> (our *mailing
list <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/extrobritannia/>*, the *ExtroBritannia
blog <http://www.extrobritannia.blogspot.com/>*).
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