Re: Don't Forget To Upload The ENS

From: Anders Sandberg (
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 15:18:49 MDT

On Sun, Jul 22, 2001 at 10:06:56AM -0700, J. R. Molloy wrote:
> From: "Anders Sandberg" <>
> > Better: upload someone, and ask the *upload* if it thinks it feels like
> > before.
> A system with the unimaginably powerful (one might say godlike) ability to
> upload someone would not need to ask. It would already know.

I can concieve of a very non-godlike automated system for uploading. You
need a scanner (lets say a nanotech version of the microtome slicer with
camera, giving detailled cell strcture data), an automated
reconstruction modeller that simply takes the data and does a fairly
simple conversion to a compartment model of the neurons and a runtime
system running the simulation. No need for even human-level AI anywhere,
although the pattern recognition aspect could likely be improved by some
extra smarts.

A system able to *understand* a human mind in the same way as we might
understand (say) a two neuron network is another matter. That kind of
system might be able to know whether an uploading process would work or
not, but it seems that the understanding process might actually entail
an uploading of the person in consideration.

Anders Sandberg                                      Towards Ascension!                  
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