Re: NEURO: Advanced neurons?

Anders Sandberg (
Sat, 15 Mar 1997 22:58:09 +0100 (MET)

On Thu, 13 Mar 1997, The Low Golden Willow wrote:

> In the 16 Jan Nature, News and Views, there was a piece on neurons
> possibly being more complex than had been thought. Nonlinear responses,
> multiplicative instead of additive functions, and shifts in dendritic
> membrane potentials, which the researchers thought could be another
> storage mechanism.
> This could make uploading harder, if they're doing more computation and
> storage in themselves, not just as a network.

Yes, but not significantly harder. We already have quite elaborate
cellular models, and given the technology needed for an uploading
scan we can certainly learn enough about the neural trickery.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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