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Human brain uploads possible by 2045 ?


Posted on Friday, 21 June, 2013 | Comment icon 63 comments


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Google's chief engineer believes it will be possible to become digitally immortal within 30 years.

Ray Kurzweil spoke at the Global Future 2045 World Congress in New York City during the weekend, expressing his views and predictions on how increasingly sophisticated computer technology will revolutionize our lives in the coming decades. Improvements in biotechnology could mean that by the year 2045 it may be possible to upload a human consciousness in to a machine.

"The life expectancy was 20, 1,000 years ago," he said. "We doubled it in 200 years. This will go into high gear within 10 and 20 years from now, probably less than 15, we will be reaching that tipping point where we add more time than has gone by because of scientific progress."

"During a conference in New York City last week, the company’s director of engineering said that the growth of biotechnology is so quickly paced that he predicts our lives will be drastically different in just a few decades."

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Comment icon #54 Posted by StarMountainKid on 28 June, 2013, 16:39
I'm wondering just how the brain is going to be uploaded into a computer. Well, the mind. What's the technology? The brain performs many functions separate from mind or consciousness. Does the mind require a biological body to be healthy? A mind floating around in a computer without its body I think would become disoriented. This computer mind would also have to recieve signals from the outside world. The computer would have to recreate all the five senses and be connected in some way to that mind. Perhaps just the realization of that mind that it is computerized would be a traumatic e... [More]
Comment icon #55 Posted by DieChecker on 29 June, 2013, 7:36
As a person that works on R&D projects at Intel, I can say that for the next several decades there is no fear of computer processing power multiplication slowing down. We're already working on stuff 2 generations of processors ahead of what is on the market. By 2045 (30+ years) you can expect computing power to be about a quarter of a million times faster then today's best computer. Soooo..... Given enough memory (And Intel is working to improve that at the same pace), it is not unreasonable to imagine that a complete and virtual brain, full of virtual connections and activity po... [More]
Comment icon #56 Posted by DieChecker on 29 June, 2013, 7:41
Very, very likely. It would not surprise me if only a small faction of these virtual minds were created and did not go immediately insane....
Comment icon #57 Posted by szentgyorgy on 29 June, 2013, 13:08
Yes, and one cannot image an immaterial reality such as self-consciousness, much less digitalize it.
Comment icon #58 Posted by szentgyorgy on 29 June, 2013, 13:11
But that is exactly the fallacy: Animals, machines and humans are not equivalencies, and never will be.
Comment icon #59 Posted by Frank Merton on 29 June, 2013, 13:31
How do you know? Animals and humans both share sentience. Humans may have more than just sentience, or our special characteristics may just be another form of sentience. I don't think increasing computer power is going to make thinking machines. The hype of AI has passed and its promises fell flat. Some different paradigm will be needed to get sentient computers. My only point in this is that we don't need to understand sentience to make it artificially. Natural selection "understands" nothing, but it made it.
Comment icon #60 Posted by szentgyorgy on 29 June, 2013, 14:36
Technically, I don't "know" anything for certain. With a few exceptions (cetaceans, some primates, maybe elephants) observation and common sense suggest animal sentience is of a different level than human self-consciousness (excepting some anomalies). You are clearly a materialist (I know you have previously described yourself as a communist, as am I, and dialectical materialism is part of the Marx-Engels angle) based on your assumption that human consciousness is reducible to physical material to be confined in a box full of wires, computer chips and digitized data (beware of ... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by Frank Merton on 29 June, 2013, 15:12
Well first I'm not a materialist; I'm a Buddhist. I think mind is life-spirit and is reborn in the cycle of Samsara. The Buddha never addressed the question of how this world and the cycle came into existence, I think wisely, and I long ago figured out that it had to be through the Western concept of evolution. I'm a Communist of the "Ho Chi Minh" variety, being Vietnamese, and this envisions a mixed society, primarily socialist, and a government of a limited number of people (party "members") to avoid the failings of both Western democracies and oligarchic or a... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by szentgyorgy on 29 June, 2013, 16:41
Well, Frank, I didn't mean it as an accusation. My comment was about the way in which you spoke about natural selection as if it were a causative agent. It may have been my misreading, but it sounded like something akin to sentience was being imputed to a concept. I agree that natural selection was the means by which sentience/human consciousness developed. Either we're saying the same thing from different vectors, or we disagree on what constitutes consciousness. I still maintain that human consciousness, although it may be produced in the brain, is not reducible to a physical form ... [More]


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