[ExI] destructive uploading was AI class

Kelly Anderson kellycoinguy at gmail.com
Thu Sep 1 16:30:20 UTC 2011

On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:28 AM, Adrian Tymes <atymes at gmail.com> wrote:
> What Eugen said: there are good odds that the first upload will be
> created from a cryonics patient.

This makes a lot of sense to me, though I haven't thought about this
idea prior to today. A live brain has an interest in preserving it's
life, while a frozen one does not have this interest actively (though
admittedly latently). To upload a whole living brain you would kind of
have to keep it working through the process to give the patient the
idea that it was a continuous process. Going to sleep and waking up
uploaded seems a little disconcerting, how do I know I'm still me?

A more gradual transformation while in a waking state doesn't seem
nearly so frightening psychologically. That's more advanced technology
than the destructive scanning of a frozen brain tied to the building
of a machine that isn't yet turned on.  So yes, I think I do believe
the first upload will be from a cryonics patient.

Does anyone else have clear reasons why they think this might be so?
Is there a financial incentive to resurrect people into an uploaded
state? I assume that this would be allowed under cryonic contracts,

This is fascinating. I haven't been a big fan of cryonics to this
point, for myself anyway, but this almost persuades me that there
might be something to this approach.


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