Re: Upload rehearsal?

Anders Sandberg (
Tue, 22 Oct 1996 14:04:58 +0200 (MET DST)

On Mon, 21 Oct 1996, Chris Hind wrote:

> The organism isn't static either and would be engineered to keep apace with
> the brain. Besides, genetic engineered or 'wet' uploads will likely come
> before 'dry' nano uploads and I want in ASAP.

Want to bet? The technological problems of doing a 'dry' upload are very
complex, but 'wet' uploads add another level of complexity since they have
to act in a dynamic system (immune responses, synaptic plasticity, the
actions of glia cells, sudden head movements). If you have the technology
to do a 'wet' upload you can do a 'dry' upload.

> With a static brain you're
> left with nothing more than a duplicate or digital clone of you. I don't
> want a clone living for me! I want to be in the virtual world! I'm willing
> to bet most common people would agree that gradual uploads are the way to
> go. Thats just my opinion.

Yes, most people would like to be gradually uploaded. But we might not be
able to choose this option, if uploading/nanotech/biotech turns out to be
hard, or we die before. In that case cryonics is the only chance (unless
you believe in the Tipler Omega Point).

The clone question is just a matter of personal philosophy. You might
dislike the idea of an identical clone living your life, I don't since I
identify myself with what I *do*, not what I *am*.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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