Re: upload only small part (was Re: No AI for Nano/No Nano for copyloads)

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Date: Thu Jul 13 2000 - 16:27:51 MDT wrote:
> Brett writes:
> > Once we can upload we'll also be able to enlarge/share
> > conscious experience. For example, imagine a brain being enhanced
> > (including additional visual cortexes, auditory systems, tactile
> > awareness cortexes...)
> You are talking about a much more sophisticated degree of understanding
> of brain function than would be necessary for a basic upload. All you
> need to upload (in principle) is a good model of how the different kinds
> of neurons work, along with a detailed map showing how they interconnect
> and influence each other in a given brain.

You would also need a good model of how the neurons grow and how the
patterns change and extend and repair themselves over time, making it
relatively easy to integrate massive new amounts of virtual neural
material. If you had a complete model of the brain, it would be a very
short time before you figured out how to extend it in simple ways. And
even shorter in upload-time.

--    Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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