Skip to comments.Will People Alive Today Have the Opportunity to Upload Their Consciousness to a New Robotic Body?
Posted on 03/03/2012 12:53:29 PM PST by RoosterRedux
At the recent Global Future 2045 International Congress held in Moscow, 31-year-old media mogul Dmitry Itskov told attendees how he plans to create exactly that kind of immortality, first by creating a robot controlled by the human brain, then by actually transplanting a human brain into a humanoid robot, and then by replacing the surgical transplant with a method for simply uploading a persons consciousness into a surrogate bot. He thinks he can get beyond the first phase--to transplanting a working brain into a robot--in just ten years, putting him on course to achieve his ultimate goal--human consciousness completely disembodied and placed within a holographic host--within 30 years time.
Pushing aside all the extremely difficult technological challenges for a moment, there are a couple of important to considerations tied up in Itskovs vision. First, while the later phases of his project are so far out as to seem ridiculous, phase one is totally feasible (in fact its already being done). From there, the leap to phase two--human brainpower transplanted into a mechanical robot--is a quite a leap. But if we are willing to allow that it might be possible even within the next 30 years, then we have to consider a further possibility: that many people alive today--like the twenty-something author of this piece--could be confronted with this kind of technology in their lifetimes.
Which is terrifying and amazing and disconcerting all at the same time.
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Wouldn’t it be better to “upload” your memory every night, adding the day’s experiences, into a storage device, and then load that into a waiting human body that is cloned from your DNA? That way you’d only lose whatever memory you had from the day you “died,” there would be no need for a transplant, and you’d be good to go till the next time you “died!”
Wait, wrist is now metal!
A Dalek is a high tech wheelchair (with a BFG and no wheels)
This is about building The Major.
Memory and consciousness will eventually and easily be transferred into a flash drive type device and uploaded into an audio/video device, complete with video cameras so the subject who no longer has a body, will be able to see, hear speak, watch television etc. The “persons” consciousness and memory could then be mounted or installed in a small vehicle, such as RC car, which would give them mobility around the home.
Sign me up...
“Look on the bright side...in three or four hundred years, Liberals might actually start to grow up.”
Sorry but they only get dumber as they grow older.
Short answer: No.
Longer answer: We don't even have the capability to produce a single living cell, despite all the protestations that we understand everything about the chemistry of life.
It would be somebody just like you, but not you, in the same way that a received fax is just like the original paper. You’d be dead and gone.
as computer processing technology advances, things like this become increasingly possible. Look at how far we have come in the past 50 years. Imagine where we’ll be in another 50 years. Eventually, humans will be immortal one way or the other. I have no doubt about this at all.
Ray Kurzweil discussed this in his book, “The Singularity Is Near”.
I think Ray is an optimist. Technological progress would move much faster, but it is retarded by the legal and social parasites, Luddites, and commies.
I figure about 50-100 years.
BTW, I am becoming more and more cyberonic myself. Already have some metal and plastic parts.
I have no doubt that someday that will happen.......unfortunately not in my lifetime.
Think of the possibilities: we could hack the Pelosi-bot into being Conservative. . . (evil grin)
Would you want to stick around forever?
Considering where that consciousness will return to on its own after this bag of warm meat and feces stops functioning, selecting a mechanoid with even fewer senses as one’s domicile would be like choosing a phone booth to live in after occupying a nice but aging house for 70 or so years. Since eviction is certain I’ll take the mansion offer.
And I am bringing my cats!;-)
Just think, every shiny new robot comes with somebody else’s baggage...
I thought there was hope for me when I first read the headline. Unfortunately it actually said robotic, not romantic.
I have a habit of attracting robotic women...when I was really after romance.
Folks shouldn't say that men don't like romance...we just don't like it in a dainty way!;-)
I like passion! Gusto!
I love Sophia Loren!
But I don't think it will ever happen, because if Quantum Physics is true, a mind cannot be completely duplicated, even in principle. The situation of sending confidential unbreakable information using quantum principles is analogous.
I pondered the question, "Assuming that you could be copied in an allegedly foolproof manner into another newly created instance of yourself, and that your original body had to be destroyed in the process, would you do it?"
A colleague tipped me off to a movie on this theme that came out a few years ago: The Prestige.