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Five Billion Years of Solitude: Lee Billings on the Science of Reaching the Stars

Five Billion Years of Solitude: Lee Billings on the Science of Reaching the Stars

Like many geeks of the post-Sputnik generation, I grew up hoping that space travel would be common by the time I reached middle age. Weaned on a youthful diet of speculative fiction by the likes of Ray Bradbury and Arthur Clarke, raised on Star Trek and The Outer Limits, and thrilled by real-life hero Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” onto the gravelly surface of the Moon when I was in elementary school, it never occ...

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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...

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