Uploading is the (so far hypothetical) process of transferring the mental
structure and consciousness of a person to an external carrier, like a computer.
This would make it possible to completely avoid biological deterioration
(aging, damage), allow the creation of backup copies of the mind, very profound
modifications and postbiological existence.
Upload, v.i., v.t. To become a figment of your computer's imagination.
Glossary by David Victor de Transend.
Uploading isn't a >H goal because it's one step closer to some
mythical and unknowable perfection, but because it'll be jolly practical.
- Dr. Rich Artym
Introduction to Mind Uploading and its Concepts by Randal Koene.
by Instalments by Peter Cochrane. What if we replace more and more
of ourselves with technology?
und der Unsterblichkeitschip by Basil Gelpke (in German).
computers, and Chinese Whispers by Toby Howard (Personal Computer
World magazine, November 1996). About uploading and the media rumor about
the BT "soulcatcher chip".
von der Ewigkeit, by Florian Rötzer (in Telepolis, in German).
your mind? Upload your brain and gain eternal life by Kathy Zucca.
Philosophy and technology
of Mind Uploading by Joseph Strout (In PDF).
node in Principia Cybernetica.
Beside the obvious technological difficulties achieving uploading, there
are also hotly debated philosophical aspects of the process. Among the
most central questions are the strong
AI postulate (is intelligence and consciousness possible in a computer?)
and the identity problem (is the upload you or an impostor?).
Prospect of Mind Uploading by Graham Hearn.
Disproved A.I.? by Robin
Hanson. A critique o f Roger Penrose's critique of AI.
Machines by Marvin Minsky. Can machines be conscious? Can humans?
Man, Mind and Machine. Meme-Based Models of Mind and the Possibility
for Consciousnes s in Alternate Media, by Joshua S. Latenier.
Dualism Through Reductionism
by Hans Moravec (Truth Journal).
Does personhood, consciousness and intelligence reside in the pattern
Identities by Alexander
Chislenko Discusses the questions of self-transformation contra identity,
and introduces the idea of an "identity space".
Forum on Personal Identity
Brouwer on Personal Identity
Qualia, Fading Qualia, Dancing Qualia by David J. Chalmers. About
the problem of qualia and the nature of consciousness.
Dalai Lama on Computer Consciousness (post
from the Omega Point Theory mailing list). A bit surprising.
Energy Limits to the
Computational Power of the Human Brain by Ralph C. Merkle. An attempt
to estimate the computational power of the brain.
How Many Bytes in Human
Memory? by Ralph C. Merkle.
Gradual Uploading as a Cognition of Mind by
Algimantas Malickas. A process of gradual enhancement and extension, leading
to an uploaded state.
Reconstruction of Neural Elements from Transmission Electron Microscope
Images, K. Montgomery, Dissertation, University of California.
Scan Cryomsgs, from the Cryonics mailing list 1992.
of Uploading by Richard Kennaway.
and Uploading by Eugen Leitl. Discusses neurosuspension from an uploading
perspective, with some ideas for scanning and storage.
Large Scale Analysis
of Neural Structures by Ralph C. Merkle. Discusses the possibility
of analyzing the structure of the brain at a cellular level.
the Brain at the Molecular Level by Ralph C. Merkle.
Proposed methods, from the Mind
Uploading Home Page
by the Microtome Procedure
by the Nanoreplacement Procedure
by the Moravec Procedure
about the problems of uploading.
Uploading - A Little Wishful Fiction
by obert Munafo.
Uploading Home Page of Joe Strout. A very good introduction to the
problems and possibilities of Uploading.
Brain Emulation Research. A central repository for the open dissemination
of information for the Whole Brain Emulation research project, as well
as the official site of the Mind
Uploading Research Group (MURG) and its affiliates.
Get Involved! A page about the Mind Uploading Research Group.
Hans Moravec, Mind Children (1990) Harvard Univ. Pr.
Discusses several methods of uploading.
Greg Egan, Permutation City (1995) Harper.
Fiction, deals with the metaphysical questions caused by uploading. Other
books by Egan mainly dealing with uploading are Diaspora
and the short stories Learning to be Me ,
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