Hello fellow ATSers. So, as some of you may agree, our species may be on the cusp of two major, life-changing technological breakthroughs; those
being, the Technological Singularity and the ability to upload our consciousness into a virtual reality when our bodies can no longer survive,
therefore cheating death, in a sense.
Now, I'm not going to bore you with explanations of each, especially since most of you know what I am referring to; but for those whom may not know,
or those whom may just want a refresher, here you go:
The technological singularity is the theoretical emergence of superintelligence through technological means. Since the capabilities of such
intelligence would be difficult for an unaided human mind to comprehend, the technological singularity is seen as an occurrence beyond which events
cannot be predicted.
Proponents of the singularity typically state that an "intelligence explosion", where superintelligences design successive generations of
increasingly powerful minds, might occur very quickly and might not stop until the agent's cognitive abilities greatly surpass that of any
Full article: en.wikipedia.org...
Whole brain emulation or mind uploading (sometimes called mind transfer) is the hypothetical process of transferring or copying a conscious mind
from a brain to a non-biological substrate by scanning and mapping a biological brain in detail and copying its state into a computer system or
another computational device. The computer would have to run a simulation model so faithful to the original that it would behave in essentially the
same way as the original brain, or for all practical purposes, indistinguishably. The simulated mind is assumed to be part of a virtual reality
simulated world, supported by an anatomic 3D body simulation model. Alternatively, the simulated mind could be assumed to reside in a computer inside
(or connected to) a humanoid robot or a biological body, replacing its brain.
Full Article: en.wikipedia.org...
Ok, now for the main reason we're here: I know that both of the aforementioned concepts are only theoretical, and also very controversial, however,
I'm not here to discuss morality; I'm here to discuss politics. I've learned today that both Europe and the United States are developing immense
projects concerning the human brain. In fact, Europe has already approved funding for their project, which is focusing on simulating the brain, while
Obama is backing a project focused on mapping the brain, similar in exhaustive detail to the Human Genome Project.
President Obama is planning to back an exhaustive study of the human brain that could help researchers gain insight into everything from
Alzheimer’s to mental illness to artificial intelligence, the New York Times reports:
The Obama administration is planning a decade-long scientific effort to examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its
activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.
The Brain Activity Map project could be unveiled as soon as March and is expected to cost billions of dollars, the Times says.
It differs significantly from the Human Brain Project, the $1.3 billion brain research project Europe unveiled recently. The European project involves
simulating the human brain; the Obama proposal focuses on mapping brain activity.
Full Article: www.popsci.com...
Unlocking the secrets of the brain, especially the secret of consciousness, is one of science's final frontiers. With these two major research
projects, in conjunction with what's already going on in the fields right now, we quite possibly could witness the kind of scientific and
technological breakthroughs that have, for the most part, only manifested in science-fiction.
I don't know about you, but the thought of witnessing true artificial intelligence just amazes me, think of the possibilities, the evolutionary leaps
and bounds that our own species would be able to make! Think of the technology that we could create, the places we could go! Imagine being able
upload your consciousness into a reality simulator, and not even know the difference! To live on after your body dies, or maybe just experience that
reality while making a 5,000 year trip to a neighboring star system, or galaxy!
I'm sure not everyone shares in my excitement, but even if you find a future peace awaiting you in death, just take a moment and use your imagination,
like when you were young. Imagine the possibilities. I'm glad that world governments are investing in the brain, and though Alzheimer's is a noble
cause, it does seem like creating an AI is definitely up there! I just hope I'm around to see it.
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