Re: Uploading and Nanotech

Warrl kyree Tale'sedrin (
Tue, 21 Apr 1998 15:10:50 +0000

> From: Anders Sandberg <>

> =- deluxe -= <> writes:
> > Anders Sandberg wrote:
> > >
> > > > U/Ling may arrive but like so many technological advances, I'd predict
> > > > its arrival as a sudden fit of technological evolution, not as a
> > > > graduated science.
> > >
> > > Why?
> >
> > Hmm.. Because I'm not a scientist, but an artist, there's less reason in
> > this statement than you are probably hoping for. I'm saying this based on
> > intuition and a lifetime of growing up around the Silicon Valley/Bay Area.
> > I've always thought that bold advances in any high-technology are the
> > result of a synergy of theoretical ideas melding together.
> I agree with that, but that doesn't mean some technologies just
> appears overnight. Just look at the history of the personal computer -
> it was a quick evolution by many standards, but it still took several
> years and involved a gradual refinement of the technological synergy
> that made it possible.
> > When it comes to
> > the technology needed to scan the brain, I think it will be the product of
> > one incredible idea/device connected to some existing technology. I'm sure
> > that you could argue this is graduated science..
> You bet :-)

The final step in the technology will be one incredible idea/device
connected to some previously-existing technology. That
previously-existing technology MIGHT not exist YET. At least one of
those technologies will be invented for some purpose not obviously
related to uploading, and will exist for several years before anyone
interested in uploading realizes its potential. It is quite possible
that the final step in creating the uploading technology will involve
the assembly of five or six different pieces of technology, each one
of which has been readily available for more than a year.

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