Re: >H soft incremental uploads

Hara Ra (
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 12:40:21 -0700

>Eric Watt Forste :
>> What about the near-future use of cognitive prostheses? I mean neural-net
>> chips that are trained to mimic functions of very small pieces of human
>> brain tissue <etc>

Roderick A. Carder-Russell:

> Much agreed! I think that the probability of an upload is much
>more practical when approached as a soft incremental process. As one
>gradually replaces portions, or rather enhances portions of the brain, one
>slowly begins to become more dependent on those implants (or whatever they
>turn out to be) as a significant part of there individual identity.

A variation on this is to incrementally grow an interface to a standard
"socket" into which varied premanufactured neural nets may be attached. I
imagine a kind of "Tower Records" store which has thousands of neural nets
available for almost any purpose, just like music CDs. It also simplifies
unistalling, just unplug the chip.... BTW, I recall something on this topic
in Neuromancer....

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