14. Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Randal A. Koene

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch14

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

Koene, R. A. (2013) Uploading to Substrate-Independent Minds, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch14

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • biological brain;
  • connectomics;
  • human life-spans;
  • substrate-independent mind (SIM)

Summary

This chapter uses mind as the term to designate the totality and manner in which our thoughts take place. Substrate-independent mind (SIM) is a well-described objective. There are on the present roadmap at least six technology paths through which we may enable functions of the mind to move from substrate to substrate. Of those six, the path known as Whole Brain Emulation (WBE) is the most conservative one and is receiving the most attention in terms of ongoing projects and researchers directly involved. If we understood a lot more about the way the mind works and how brain produces mind then we might have far more creative or effective ways to achieve a transfer (an “upload”) from a biological brain to another substrate. Acquisition of large-scale, high-resolution brain data is a hot topic and has spawned the new field of connectomics.