15. Uploading

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Ralph C. Merkle

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch15

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

Merkle, R. C. (2013) Uploading, 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.ch15

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:

  • computer;
  • computing power;
  • energy;
  • human brain;
  • human memory capacity;
  • neuroscience;
  • technology

Summary

Your brain is a material object. The behavior of material objects is described by the laws of physics. The laws of physics can be modeled on a computer. The brain is somewhat over 1 liter, so it would require a computer memory with a volume of somewhat over 100 liters to encode the location of each and every atom in the brain in a digital format. The chapter talks about a functional estimate of human long-term memory capacity. We need two pieces of information: the total energy consumed by the brain each second, and the energy used by a “basic operation.” A model of your brain that described the behavior of every synapse and nerve impulse, and did a reasonably accurate job at that level, would seem to capture everything that is essential to being “you.”.