Potential of non-destructive uploading techniques such as MRI

Chris Mallett (cmallett@metier.com)
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 17:17:16 -0800

I was browsing through Strout's mind uploading page, probably a favorite of many on this list:


I came across the part about using MRI to scan a living brain for non-destructive uploading. One of the obstacles is insufficient resolution. I remember hearing that the effective resolution of something (say, a telescope) can be increased by taking a series of time-separated or spatially-separated images and combining them using image processing algorithms. Couldn't this same technique be used to complement an otherwise inadequate technology? For example, could you use slight movements of the scanner to construct a higher resolution image? Is there a limit to how far resolution can be enhanced with techniques like this? I guess this would amount to trading CPU power for resolution power (if only other commodity types could be exchanged, we'd probably have strong nanotech by now!)

One of the ideas I found useful from this list is the fact that many breakthroughs tend to occur when one or more new discoveries is coupled with one or more mundane/existing technologies. Ever since learning this, I've tried to think of ways things can be combined. Synergy and all that!

I've been a lurker on this list for a few years (would you believe it!) I have a 7000 message backlog, but am gradually wading through them by subject.