[extropy-chat] Cryonics and uploading--reversible

Keith Henson hkhenson at rogers.com
Mon Jan 30 04:41:07 UTC 2006

At 06:21 PM 1/29/2006 -0600, Damien wrote:
>At 07:00 PM 1/29/2006 -0500, Slawomir wrote:
>>  The copy will be me in the sense that it will carry the same identity. 
>> Still, I will not be experiencing the life of the copy. The original 
>> will experience his own life.
>Exactly. Or not, assuming destructive copying.

Would it help confuse this issue even further if uploading was 
reversible?  Say as a side effect of doctor boxes.

You walk into one of these things and your body gets infiltrated with 
nanomachines.  Your consciousness runs in a brain simulation, but while 
your body is being patched up your personal experiences in the simulation 
are being used to update your wetware brain,  When the repair work is 
finished, you can just wonder out and your conscious experiences merges 
with and continues to run in your physical body.

This business of destructive uploads just isn't going to play in the market 
(for anyone besides Hans), and, in my estimation, the technology to do 
reversible uploading of this kind isn't any harder technically than a 
destructive upload.

Keith Henson

>Good dog! I can't believe intelligent people still don't get this, after 
>at least a decade of the same old same old.
>Think about what's at stake, and for whom.
>The mad scientists come to you in the night and tell you that you're about 
>to be executed--killed, murdered, gone--but that it's okay, because 
>they're going to make a perfect clone of you and raise it just right so 
>that in N years it will be exactly the way you are now, at which point 
>your life will continue on uninterrupted. (As in Theodore Sturgeon's 1962 
>story "When you care, when you love.")
>For the rest of the world, this is great news. You've been absent for N 
>years, but now you're back. Whoopee!
>For *you*, here and now, this is a terrifying sentence of oblivion. What 
>the hell's in it for you?
>What a difference individual point of view makes!
>Damien Broderick
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