‘Chappie’ (2015) surprised me with the most pro-transhumanist message I’ve seen in a major film.
Should you upload your mind if you can?
Whatever position you take on finitism, this obscure area of the philosophy of mathematics is well worth understanding.
Keith B. Wiley firstname.lastname@example.org 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....
Ben Goertzel in response to some common objections covered in an article on io9 by George Dvorsky
Special thanks to Alex Vollmer for his best effort to fix a sound problem that nearly ruined this podcast. The sound quality loss is outweighed by the fascinating quality of the conversation! In this podcast guest Randal A. Koene, Ph.D. neuroscientist, neuro-engineer and co-founder of Carboncopies discusses Whole Brain Emulation. You will...
2014 – Toward a Science of Consciousness The Tucson Conference – 20th Anniversary
Even in this day of global change and universal paradigm shifts, the technologies that will evolve us beyond our previous states will soon become a reality for everyone. As this may be, there will be one element that will not change. That element is hostility, the very element that has been with us throughout history. In the posthuman era, hostility will still continue to exist and divide us into factions. This time, it will be our choice in form that will cause intolerance and hostility. As one chooses to become part of posthumanity, they will choose to either upload their minds into computers to become one with machinery or evolve their current form using genetic manipulation. It is this choice that will make them part of the Schism.
In a March 2nd, 2014 New York times article, Susan Schneider used the recent film ‘Her’ to analyze some of the philosophical challenges to the concept of mind-uploading, whereby a person’s mind is transferred from a brain to some sort of computer. She presented some common (although admittedly fascinating) hypothetical thought-experiments, drawing conclusions to match. I offer alternative explanations for these scenarios.