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Show related SlideShares at end. WordPress Shortcode. Published in: Full Name Comment goes here. Freud basically came to the conclusion that as humans, we had one of two shitty options in life: 1 repress all of our basic instincts to maintain some semblance of a safe and cooperative civilization, thus making ourselves miserable and neurotic or 2 to let them all out and let shit hit the fan.

And as an Austrian Jew, he ran for the hills.

The hills being London, of course. He lived out the last years of his life in a city being bombed into oblivion. And doing it convincingly. He then argues that because of this, in the year all of our brains are going to be digitally encrypted and uploaded to the cloud where we will all form a single, immortal consciousness that will control all computing power on the planet.

No, seriously. And the fucked up part is that some of his explanation of how this is going to happen makes sense. And the book reads like it was written by a middle-aged engineer who took too much acid and now desperately needs to speak with a therapist.

Couch is over there, Ray. I poke fun at Ray, but the technological possibilities presented in this book are truly mind-boggling. And we will undoubtedly see a significant percentage of them in our lifetime. Medical nanobots that live in the bloodstream that we wireless upload vaccines to.

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Genetic programming for newborns so parents can choose not only the physical characteristics of their children but their talents as well. As Neo once said: The whole immortality, one-computerized-world-consciousness thing?

For unenhanced humans, clearly so. But what would 1, scientists, each 1, times more intelligent than human scientists today, and each operating 1, times faster than contemporary humans because the information processing in their primarily non-biological brains is faster accomplish? One chronological year would be like a millennium for them.


What would they come up with? In other words, humans were given the gift of being able to imagine the future and who we want to be, but the price we pay for this gift is the realization that we will one day die.

Neither does a fish.

Or a roach. If the brain is thoroughly instrumented with electrodes does it even need the body?

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After all, the body will age and become diseased with the usual cancer, cardiovascular, or other problems. A solution is to replace the aging or diseased body and support the brain by other means provided of course the brain itself is not diseased.

Basically, all the brain requires to remain functional is a blood and cerebrospinal fluid supply that provides oxygen and nutrients, and removes metabolic products, while inputs and outputs are provided by instrumenting the brain. Nanotechnology is needed to provide miniaturization of hardware components in such a device and will require external replenishment of supplies from time to time or an indwelling biological factory to provide these essential ingredients.

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Well, we wouldn't. There would be no need for a biological body to provide mobility.

Advances with robotic hardware, software, and nanotechnology make such a development a strong possibility.

It appears likely that we could end up with a hybrid robot containing an instrumented human biological brain that controls the robotic body see Figure 1. This is a different outcome than Kurzweil's prediction of artificial intelligence in a computer, or humans with enhanced brains that have received artificial intelligence via red blood cells.

Clearly, there is a big problem with this scenario. That is, how to maintain a supply of human brains? If all the bodies are gone, where do the ova and sperm come from to create more humans with brains?

Banked sperm and ova are a possibility. They would be fertilized as needed and developed into humans by baby factories. Without a supply of human brains the robots would take over completely.

In that scenario, Kurzweil's prediction will only be delayed as long as there are human brains available. Once the human brains have all died off, Kurzweil's prediction will come true. Oh darn, you think, he's right again. Ah, but wait, tissue can be regrown. Perhaps a new human body and brain can be regrown completely and maintained, if not young, at least virile Monaghan and Maden, ; Racine et al. In that case, human reproduction can take place in a biological fashion, without baby factories, thus maintaining the supply of human brains.

These hybrids could be also used as national police. This bears on the very serious issue of control of the native population, a control issue that is becoming ever more prevalent these years.

The present ability to know what humans think and do through access to their communications has provided governments with knowledge that could lead to total domination of the native population.

I raise this issue because scientific knowledge and technological achievements do not occur in a vacuum. They always have societal implications and no implication is more serious than this potential technology.If the brain is thoroughly instrumented with electrodes does it even need the body?

Too unhappy? Clearly, success in this venture will delay the original singularity moment of , though perhaps not Kurzweil's revised date of Thank You For Visiting. The hills being London, of course.


Couch is over there, Ray. They would be fertilized as needed and developed into humans by baby factories.

Constructions do not continuously dissipate energy, but transiently maintain their stability and a distance from thermodynamic equilibrium, because high kinetic barriers prevent their falling apart. Too happy? Of course he made no specific mention of the technological advances that are occurring today.

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