posted on Aug, 31 2008 @ 05:25 PM
reply to post by Vector J
On the gradual replacement theory, what if the gradual replacement is of parts not your own, when do you stop being you? It's like transplants, they
will bever be your cells, all you are doing is feeding part of somebody else what it needs to survive to help you survive or go about your daily
tasks. Can you ever consider that to be part of you?
In regards to natural replacement, you're already undergoing this process. The body you inhabit right now is largely not the same body you inhabited
five years ago. The raw materials which make up your body are constantly being swapped in and out via the ingestion of raw materials and the expulsion
of waste/shedding/exhalation/ect. Almost everything that made you -YOU- five years ago is dead and gone. So really, what's the difference between
swapping out a natural part for an artificial one? The traditional image of the ego's attachment to a particular physical form is something we will
have to deal with in future. We will have to start differentiating each other and expressing our own unique individuality on a consciousness level -
not a physical one.
To a certain point, this is already occurring as well thanks to the internet.
My body does not make me me. My consciousness does.
So if you merge your mind with the creativity machine, does that process make you something other than your original self?
This is a question in which we can only speculate at this time, but I would think the answer would be both yes and no. Merging with an intelligent
machine would certainly augment your natural human abilities - including your mind - far beyond what it's currently capable of. Whether or not you
decide to utilize this potential would decide on whether or not you become a new person or stay the same. It's called growing. As you went from a
child to man, you certainly changed quite a bit - and you are both simultaneously the same person you were as a child and now someone completely
different. I don't think the merger with intelligent machines should be feared as losing ones self - but should be embraced as a change to become
more than what you currently are.
Or when your last brain cells have died and all the remains is the machine with whatever part of you that exists as part of it?
This is a hard question to answer as well, because we don't not fully understand consciousness. Is it simply a particular configuration of neural
pathways, or is it some sort of emergent property of parallel networking in general, and the neural pathways only shape that consciousness? It's hard
to say for certain at this point. Should it ever come to the point, however, where we learn that you NEED to have a certain percentage of your brain
still biological to maintain consciousness - then we may have to come up with some creative solutions. I'm not sure if brain cells are immortal, or
if they are susceptible to death. I know they do not divide and reproduce, and thus, are not subject to telomere damage that is the prime cause of
aging. Certain problems arise in the brain with long lifespans - such as Alzheimer's disease. We may have to utilize nanomachines for regular
maintinence of our brains to clean the plaque off and prevent diseases like Alzheimers - or to selectively replace existing dead brain cells with stem
cells and ensure they grow back in place with the proper connections.
Btw: I haven't watched the video yet. I'll comment on that later.