[ExI] Mind Uploading article in Wikipedia

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 02:24:30 UTC 2009

2009/4/5 Isabelle Hakala <ismirth at gmail.com>:

> One of the things that occurs to me about mind uploading is this... I would
> want to upload my mind, and let that 'simulation' run for, oh... say a
> decade, without any outside influences, and me still living in the outside
> world, and then compare notes with my uploaded self. What had each of us
> learned different? Did we still agree on things? What had changed? Etc. For
> me that would be an important step in feeling like it would be worth-while
> to do it again at the 'end' of my life so as to preserve myself, and then
> live on from there. It would answer a lot of questions for me. I believe in
> something one might consider to be a 'soul', and it doesn't bother me to
> think that a simulacrum of myself might be running around someplace that may
> or may not have my 'soul' attached to it as well. Either it would have a
> part of my soul attached to it, which would be fine, or it wouldn't and then
> it wouldn't make any difference at all.
> If this experiment were run, one would be able to see if the simulacrum
> finds life on the 'inside' as satisfying as the person on the outside does.

It wouldn't be a fair comparison unless the upload were crippled so
that it was as limited as the biological. One of the main advantages
of an upload is that it would be easier change and improve it. At the
very least, you would want to ensure that it wasn't unhappy.

Stathis Papaioannou

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