Sign In

Remember Me

Mind Uploading

Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Keith Wiley’s “Taxonomy and Metaphysics of Mind Uploading”

Mind uploading has long been one of the most conceptually vexing transhumanist technology ideas.   The promise is amazing: Liberating the human mind from the flawed, limited human body … freedom to take on various bodily forms and explore outer space, cyberspace, the bottom of the ocean, or wherever.   And the same philosophical questions come up again and again: Will your upload be you, or just a copy of you?   Is t...

Read More »
The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth

The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth

Keith B. Wiley kwiley@keithwiley.com Affiliation at the time of writing: Univ. of Washington, Dept. of Astronomy, Box 351580, Seattle WA 98195, USA Originally written November 25, 2011 Citation: Wiley K. The Fermi Paradox, Self-Replicating Probes, and the Interstellar Transportation Bandwidth. arXiv:1111.6131. 2011. Video Interview with Adam Ford [[Subscribe to Adam Ford’s YouTube Channel]] Abstract It has been...

Read More »
Proposal: Dynamic Brain Switching As a Method to Maintain Consciousness During Mind Uploading

Proposal: Dynamic Brain Switching As a Method to Maintain Consciousness During Mind Uploading

Immortality has been a humanitarian dream since dawn of human history. Among all of the proposed methods for immortality, Biological Approaches to immortality (NBI) are argued to be more fruitful. However, mind uploading as the typical method for NBI has been challenged both from technical and philosophical aspects. This article is an attempt to address some of these challenges by emphasizing the role of consciousne...

Read More »
MIND UPLOADING AND CYLON PHILOSOPHY

MIND UPLOADING AND CYLON PHILOSOPHY

Suppose it were possible to build an artificial brain which was, essentially, a copy of an existing brain. Yours, for example. If consciousness is reducible to the form and functions of the brain (to put it another way, if consciousness is what the brain does) then the artificial brain would likewise generate consciousness. But now the question arises: Just whose consciousness is it?

Read More »