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You may have heard a lot recently about highly speculative schemes to attain life extension via download to computers. If you're like us, we doubt the plausibility of these approaches. We at In Its Image place all of our faith in the Creativity Machine paradigm as the natural vehicle for immortality and hope that through our educational outreach, you will too.
If you resonate with the idea of surviving death by combining with a neural matrix capable of contemplation and self-awareness, the Creativity Machine, we would definitely like to hear from you, if only to serve as moral support.
In the meantime, we need representatives around the world to begin spreading the word that a unique and exceptional form of artificial intelligence has been developed that promises to be the cure for death. If you are hopeful, drop us an email. Likewise, if you differ or even dissent, let us know too. We're not at all a dogmatic institution.
First published in 1969, this novel by one of the most prolific authors in the history of science fiction explores an idea that is truly "far out." Imagine a future world where death is not exactly the end. You can record everything about you that ever made you a distinct human being and then be implanted in the mind of someone living. Paul Kaufmann had been the richest and most powerful man on Earth. Imagine having his knowledge and insights integrated with your own persona. The tycoon's mind becomes the prize in a deadly game for those still living who want more out of life than they could ever achieve on their own. The great man's "soul" is stored in the Scheffing Institute, waiting for the time when someone hungry enough gives him back his appetite. Silverberg extrapolates as only he can from this intriguing premise. "To Live Again" is about a future where the dead are slaves to the living--until at last someone leads a rebellion.
Originally posted by ghaleon12
One thing I haven't heard yet it the problem of replacing a neuron. I've heard people say, we'll just replace the neuron with a nano-neuron! Well, first off that'd be hard by itself. The kicker is that real neurons have 1000's of dendrites that connect to other neurons, how do you plan on matching all those connections? Its stupid to think that you can.
Its funny how people don't seem to have the slightest idea of human anatomy or physiology. I've heard people talk about neurons turning "on" and "off" and how it could be translated to a cyber-human (whatever you want to call it) as binary 1s and 0s, not that simple. There's this thing that determines whether or not a neuron fires called an action potential. This happens through inhibitory and stimulatory signals, how would that be translated into your cyberhuman? Of course, no one seems actually interested in understanding the basics of the human brain yet you have no problems running your mouth off on how a cyberbrain that doesn't even exist would function.
Do people realize is that all it takes is a supernova or some other event to kill your "immortal" computer body? A gun to the face might not kill you but a supernova would sure do the trick.
Wiki- rick rolling
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Originally posted by sty
reply to post by AmmonSeth
i do not see why we would need 100 years to develop them . rather I would say "no more than 50 years, possible 30 years" . It is simply impossible to anticipate in the range of 100 years as the Artificial Intelligence can change the world we live at a faster rate than our human capacity can.