[ExI] Alcor's new statement on ASC

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Sun May 13 14:38:36 UTC 2018

John Clark <johnkclark at gmail.com> wrote:

 > *?Certainly fixation results are likely to be much harder to reverse 
so as  to restore biological viability?*

"I disagree, I am very far from certain about that, in fact I am about 
as far as it's possible to get. To restore biological viability you're 
going to need information about what atom goes where, and from 
everything I've seen, ASC does a better job preserving that information 
than Alcor's current method. Electron Microscopes don't lie."

Good point. I can see the possibility of using ASC-preserved information 
to build a new, identical brain from biological material. So at least in 
theory, ASC would be suitable for those who want to be revived in a 
biological form.

Of course this would still be a type of 'uploading', but not to a 
non-biological system (what would you call this, 'sideloading'?), so 
presumably the same people who object to uploading on flaky 
philosophical grounds such as 'continuity' etc., would also object to 
this, but it might appeal to some people ('Carbon Chauvinists'?).

Actually, it would be interesting to see if the idea actually does 
appeal to anyone. It might flush some objectors out, by revealing that 
their stated objections are not actually the real reason they object. Maybe.

I have to say, though, that it doesn't appeal to me. What would be the 
point? The tech. required would be more advanced than that needed for 
non-biological uploading (I presume), and the end result obviously 
vastly inferior.

Ben Zaiboc

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