Re: Upload rehearsal?

Anders Sandberg (
Mon, 21 Oct 1996 12:37:51 +0200 (MET DST)

On Sun, 20 Oct 1996, James Carl Snapp wrote:

> Is anyone familiar with experimentation attempting to combine sensory
> deprivation with other techniques (???) in order to give a feeling for what
> the upload experience might be like?

But nobody knows yet what the uploading experience would feel like, and
it will quite possibly be extremely different from sensroy deprivation.

Hans Moravec describes one model in _Mind Children_, where the experience
most of the time is quite normal, until the robot surgeon says 'Mr Snapp,
you will become virtual now' and you suddenly wake up in a virtual

Gradual uploading would be extremely different from this, and uploading
from a cryonic state would also be quite different. The result, an
emulated mind living in a virtual world, would probably more easily be
modelled by using a very good virtual reality.

> Perhaps such a setup might help
> overcome some common fears and misconceptions about uploading.

Perhaps, but I think it would rather reinforce them ("I don't want to
live in eternal sensory deprivation!").

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