bbenzai at yahoo.com
Thu Oct 28 20:32:32 UTC 2010
Alan Grimes <agrimes at speakeasy.net> wrote:
> it might be
> possible to build a hybrid mind architecture with a very
> non-zero chance
> of success and with benefits far beyond what anyone has
> ever promised on behalf of uploading.
> Are there any real transhumanists on this list even
> slightly interested
> in becoming a million times smarter than they are right
Now you're confusing me.
First, you appear to be vehemently against the very idea
of uploading (I'm still not sure why), then you throw in
the concept of "a hybrid mind architecture" using
You've just described one uploading scenario!
There are many (if not most) people on this list interested
in becoming many times smarter than they are now, and the
first step in that process has to be some form of uploading
into a non-biological brain.
That may turn out to be the best way to unravel the
architecture of our minds, and almost certainly the only
realistic way to radically improve them.
While our minds are still implemented in meat, there's little
chance of being able to improve them in any significant way.
Your suggestion is an interesting one in that it would
presumably give the uploadee some control over the
pace and degree of the process. Some people might want to
stop halfway, and remain part biological at least for a while
(Why? Beats me! But there would surely be some).
Of course, their hand might be forced eventually,
if life-extension tech. doesn't exist to keep the biological
part alive indefinitely.
I imagine some kind of 'parallel running' would be used to
fine-tune the non-biological parts, and when bio and non-bio
functions are perfectly aligned, the bio can be slowly phased out.
Or maybe the whole brain would be kept intact, and the non-bio
part would grow so much that it was implementing the vast
majority of your consciousness. Eventually losing the
original brain would be of no real consequence.
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