Re: Uploading

Randall R Randall (
Wed, 2 Sep 1998 12:48:37 -0400

On Mon, 31 Aug 1998 11:06:43 -0700 (PDT) Joe Jenkins <> writes:
>---Randall R Randall <> wrote:
>> But *also, from my point of view, a perfectly
>> identical copy is not me (since if you kill him,
>> I go on living).
>Does this mean you find no utility for survival in uploading?

No, it doesn't. I find some methods of uploading unacceptable. For instance, if we had a machine which destructively scanned my brain and after it was gone wrote a program that simulated it, I wouldn't believe that a person could live *through* such a process. On the other hand, if the machine only removes a few neurons at a time, replacing their functionality with programming or hardwired machinery, *and* thought could take place during and between these episodes, then I believe that the resulting person would still be me. There is a dividing line in there somewhere, but I don't know where it is.


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