It is a plan taken straight from the pages of a science fiction novel – and potentially a way to exist forever. A San Francisco inventor has revealed plans for a system to upload his brain to a computer.He hopes to be able to replicate the human brain as a mechanical system.
Randal Koene says the key to this is the SIM – a ‘Substrate-Independent Mind.’By mapping the brain, reducing its activity to computations, and reproducing those computations in code, Koene argued, humans could live indefinitely, emulated by silicon.
‘When I say emulation, you should think of it, for example, in the same sense as emulating a Macintosh on a PC,’ he told a recent San Francisco conference. ‘It’s kind of like platform-independent code.’The thing that makes all of this possible is a ‘Substrate-Independent Mind.’This, according to Koene, is not merely an artificial intelligence, but a human mind downloaded to a computer.
Neuroscientists are 99.9% percent convinced that the brain is a mechanism, he says. It is something that computes, something that carries out functions. If you can figure out how it works, you can build a replacement for it.
‘The idea that you can take a small piece of the brain and build a replica for it is very mainstream and well understood,’ he recently told Vice.
‘Why not do that with the whole brain? And then why not upload that to a computer so that we can process more data and store it better, the way a computer does, organizing thoughts into folders that we can access whenever we choose?’
HOW IT WILL WORK
According to Koene’s site, :‘The functions of mind that we experience are originally implemented through neurobiological mechanisms, the neural circuitry of our brains.
‘If the same functions are implemented in a different operating substrate, populated with parameters and operating such that they produce the same results as they would in the brain, then that mind has become substrate-independent.
‘It is a substrate-independent mind (SIM) by being able to function in different operating substrates.
The popular term ‘mind uploading’ can refer to the process of transfer, moving a specific substrate-independent mind from one operating substrate (e.g., the biological brain) to another.
Source: Daily Mail