[ExI] Subject: neural interface reply
bbenzai at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 15 17:55:45 UTC 2014
William Flynn Wallace <foozler83 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Well that's a lot of ideas and no mistake
I know! And I haven't even mentioned the programmable immune system,
the refactoring of quite a few biological functions, organ-building, and
a bunch of other things.
> though I think I'd rather stay all biological if I lived in the future.
Well, are you all biological now? Do you count your fingernails and
hair as biological? They are not composed of living cells. What about
your bones? They contain living cells, but are not themselves alive.
My vision for a 'Mk2' body involves a lot of biological parts and a
fully-intact brain, but a radical reorganisation of the body so that it
will be much easier to maintain. My main objection to the way things
are is that we can't repair or replace any existing parts without doing
damage that has to heal afterwards (statistics on the number of people
killed by the operations meant to save them would be interesting).
Wouldn't it be better if we had bodies that were designed to be
maintained? I'm not thinking of a 'brain in a robot body' or a 'brain
in a jar' kind of thing here, but a fully-functional body that was a
hybrid of the best of both worlds, the biological and the technological
(and when I say 'fully-functional', of course I really mean 'vastly
> All of this may be greatly complicated ... glia... etc.
I'm not proposing any changes to the brain at all. My idea involves
replacing the peripheral nervous system with a synthetic alternative,
but leaving the brain itself strictly alone (until we know more!).
> And increasingly we are learning that the body helps to control the
> like the bacteria in our guts in very recent research.
Yes, that will be an interesting area of investigation. Made a lot
easier by the architecture I'm proposing, which would preserve those
kind of interactions, but make them much more amenable to observation
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