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An Introduction to the Concept of Soft Mind Upload

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With particular reference to my memory sharing site prototype

The usual kind of mind upload we hear about from sci-fi devotees like Transhumanists and Singularitarians needs good scanning technologies. Imagine a very high resolution PET or NMR scanner which can make a 3d picture of your brain down to the molecular level. This might be around in roughly 20-30 years, conservatively. This image of maybe several exabytes in size would not be a human readable resource. It would need a computer to run it that had enough knowledge implicit within itself. That knowledge would be a mass of physical, chemical, biological and neurological principles to enable the snapshot to come to life. At first it might run significantly slower than a real brain, but with progress speeds would rise. The output of this computation would be an interface allowing users to know and interact with a simulated mind.

This is a huge scientific problem that I don’t want to get into here. My interest is in what I would call “soft mind upload” which would mean using human style methods to gain enough of a biographical profile of a person to enable a less than complete emulation of their personality. This also involves scanning but it is a scanning that uses the social interfaces between people and systems rather than the blunt instrument of the physical measuring device.

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Written by Luke Dunn

December 5, 2012 at 11:35 pm

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