Re: Paths to Uploading

Anders Sandberg (
04 Jan 1999 17:01:30 +0100

"Billy Brown" <> writes:

> Bryan Moss wrote:
> > Perhaps a complete model of the brain in fine-grained detail will be used
> > simply to reassure potential uploads that no 'essence' will be lost in the
> > translation.
> Computers capable of running that fine-grained model won't exist until long,
> long after uploading a higher-level model becomes feasible. A few paranoid
> types might wait, but their experience would hardly be typical.

I don't think you can get uploading without fine-grained models. How do you make a higher-level model of a mind without scanning it on a low level? Remember that the only thing we know are possible to scan are the actual physical processes going on in the head, not the information processes. And these scanable processes are low-level stuff like neural firing, neuron types, connectivity and so on, highly variable and individual.

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