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Brains are to consciousness like birds are to flight

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Computers can achieve consciousness, despite their simplicity compared to brains, just as aircraft can achieve flight, despite their simplicity compared to birds.

Computers can achieve consciousness, despite their simplicity compared to brains, just as aircraft can achieve flight, despite their simplicity compared to birds.

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  • 1. Brains are to Minds as Birds are to Flight:  Can Software Achieve Consciousness As Readily As Aircraft Have Achieved Flight?
    Transvision 2010
    2010 October 22
    Martine Rothblatt
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    “One illusion I hope to dispel is the notion that our brains are computers and that consciousness could emerge from computation. ”
    G Edelman, Second Nature
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    “One illusion I hope to dispel is that birds are planes & that flight could emerge from aircraft.” Experts Circa 1900
    Greater Shearwater, N Mayer
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    When a famous scientist states something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong.
    Arthur C. Clarke
  • 5. Why Don’t Famous Scientists Like Cyberconsciousness?
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    Brains Are Very, Very Complex
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    COMPUTERS ARE VERY, VERY SIMPLE
  • 8. ERGO…
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  • 9. BUT…
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  • 10. AND STILL WE FLY!
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  • 11. So What Gives?
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    Over-Reaction Against Spooky Cartesian Dualism Led to ErroneousThinking That the Mind MUST Be Embodied in Biology
  • 12. For Sure the Mind Must Be Embodied
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    But Software and Hardware Will Do As Well as Wetware and Fleshware
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    But the Brain Is Vastly
    More Complex!
  • 14. And Birds Are Way More Complex Than Airplanes, Jets & Other Aircraft
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    Shearwater Gesture, Mayer
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    Top Planes Have ≈ 6 Million Parts
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    Top Birds Have Over
    100 Billion Parts
    (Eukaryotic Cells)
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    Yet We Fly Pretty Darn High, Far & Well
  • 18. Don’t Have to Replicate a Bird to Fly; Don’t Have to Copy a Brain to Be Conscious
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    Shearwater Sketchbook, N Mayer
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    As Birds and Jets Differ, So Will Brains & Cyberconscious Minds
    NO EGGS, WORMS OR DOG PROBLEMS
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    Faster Minds Mean
    Freer Thoughts
  • 21. CAN IT BE DONE?
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    It’s Clear That Mindfiles Need Not Even Approach 100%
    Normal People Remember Only a Small Percent of What They Experience
    Mannerisms, Personality, Feelings, Beliefs, Attitudes & Values Are
    Not infinitely variable and unique
    Finite sets that repeat across people
    Minor variations not material
    Recollections & combinations create uniqueness
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    Fascinating Mindfile Facts: Estimated Number of…
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    One Hour a Day of Mindfile Deposits Is Enough
    5 Years to Complete 100,000 Bainbridges
    5 Years to Upload, Label & Emotion-Code 100K Photos
    2000 Hours of You on Video! (In 5 Yrs)
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  • 25. The Lifenaut & CyBeRev Projects
    Android Phones: Download PersonalityMD from Google Marketplace
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    Revival Via Mindware
    Software that enables equivalent functionality to a mind from which mindfiles were abstracted
    “Auto-tunes” based on processing of mindfiles
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    So What Makes Us Unique?
    The formula for the number of unique personality frameworks available to mindware, known as a “repeating combination”, would be ST, where S = the number of possible personality trait scores and T = the number of possible personality traits. For our example, ST = 2015 = 328,080,401,001.
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    Antecedents of Mindware
    Gameware Avatars
    Autonomous Cars
    Social Chatbots
    AI Engines
    E.g. Novamente
    Neuro-Electronic Mapping
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  • 29. FROM MINDFILES TO MINDWARE TO MINDCLONES
  • 30. Bina48
    • The First MindClone Begins
    • 31. Located in Bristol, VT USA
    • 32. As Seen in
    www.lifenaut.com
  • 33. BUT IS CYBERCONSCIOUSNESS ALIVE?
    The expression of a code that enables self-replication and maintenance against disorder
    SCHRODINGER
    Capable of replication, mutation, variation and natural selection -- DARWIN
    Something that savors reality, contributes to better enjoyment of reality, a fresh lens on the wonder of creation -- GALILEO
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    “Downloading is Pretty Fucking Far From Suicide”
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    Mindloading Trusts That Our Bodies Are But a Canvas
    “The naked fear of sleeving [is just] paranoid essentialism with its back to the wall.”
    Morgan, Richard. Altered Carbon. Victor Gollancz Ltd., 2002, p.164.
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  • 36. IMPLICATIONS – 4TH DOMAIN OF LIFE
    N Mayer at mayer@gmavt.net
  • 37. IMPLICATIONS: Techno-Immortality
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  • 38. IMPLICATIONS – EVOLVED IDENTITIES
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  • 39. THE OBJECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS
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    CONSCIOUSNESS,
    > Continuum of abilities
    > When healthy
    > To be autonomous
    > & empathetic
    > As determined by others
    A Turing
    Juries do this for brain intent; Psychologists can do this for mindclone consciousness
  • 40. Biological Essentialists v. Functionalists
    Gerald Edelman
    “One illusion I hope to dispel is the notion that our brains are computers and that consciousness could emerge from computation.” Second Nature, Yale University Press, 2006, p. 9
    Today’s Presentation
    Whether brains are computers is not determinative of whether consciousness can emerge from computation
    Birds are not planes but airflight emerges from jets
    Autonomy and empathy, semantics and subjectivity, arise from value-weighted pattern associations, regardless of substrate
    Consciousness is what consciousness does
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  • 41. Conclusion
    The Terasem Hypothesis says that consciousness will arise from sufficiently advanced mindware applied to sufficiently detailed mindfiles.
    It is a falsifiable hypothesis as per Popper
    Let the testing proceed
    I think the odds are in its favor
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