Cybernetic Biostasis

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Cybernetic Biostasis

  1. 1. Cybernetic Biostasis: Use of Digital Mindfiles to Preserve Life Pending Revival Via Mindware, Cyber-Consciousness & Mindloading Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D. [email_address] TransVision07 ~ Chicago 2007-07-24 2030 GMT
  2. 2. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Digital Mindfiles <ul><li>Computer-Storable Reflections of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mannerisms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recollections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feelings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attitudes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Values </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Not a Perfect Copy… But It Doesn’t Matter <ul><li>An analog of the psychological essence of a person </li></ul><ul><li>No such thing as a perfect copy of anything </li></ul><ul><li>Minds always change </li></ul><ul><li>What matters are patterns, sense of self and sense of continuity </li></ul>
  5. 5. Close Enough is Good Enough
  6. 6. Caravaggio’s Vision of Abraham Ready to Sacrifice His Son
  7. 7. Rembrandt’s View of Abraham’s Readiness to Sacrifice His Son There are many different ways to remember something… But there are a limited number of patterns of recollection!
  8. 8. It’s Clear That Mindfiles Need Not Even Approach 100% <ul><li>Normal People Remember Only a Small Percent of What They Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Mannerisms, Personality, Feelings, Beliefs, Attitudes & Values Are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not infinitely variable and unique </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finite sets that repeat across people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Minor variations not material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recollections & combinations create uniqueness </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Fascinating Mindfile Facts: Estimated Number of… Few dozen Emotions 7% - 13% Adult’s thoughts retained per day 6 Universal facial expressions Few dozen Personality sub-types Several hundred Recognizable faces Up to 7 items for 3 - 20 seconds An adult’s short term memory
  10. 10. So What Makes Us Unique? <ul><li>Dozens (n) of mannerism personality & feeling types (m) yield many thousands of unique combinations </li></ul><ul><li>(n!) / (m! * (n-m)!) </li></ul><ul><li>Differential recollections, beliefs, attitudes & values create billions of unique combinations </li></ul>
  11. 11. Unique Human Combinations % Mannerism, Personality & Feeling Sub-Types Out of 36 Possible Types Unique Human Combinations 20% 1T 1K 1M 1B 33% 50% 66% 80%
  12. 12. New Word: Bemes Bemes Genes Design Elements of Mind/Nootype Design Elements of Body/Phenotype
  13. 13. Darwinian Phenomena Can Rebuild With Mindfiles Can Rebuild With Datafiles Can Rebuild With Nano-Bio Made of Neuron States Made of Symbols Made of DNA Make Self Make Culture Make Proteins Bemes Memes Genes
  14. 14. Let’s Get Practical <ul><li>Digital Video/Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs & Diaries </li></ul><ul><li>Psych Tests & Lists </li></ul><ul><li>Bainbridge Surveys </li></ul><ul><li>Sensecam Data </li></ul><ul><li>As Others See Me </li></ul><ul><li>Lifenaut.com; Cyberev.com </li></ul>
  15. 15. Bemes Are Organized Into Mindfiles at Cyberev.com
  16. 16. Bemes Are Also Recorded Into Mindfiles at Lifenaut.com
  17. 17. One Hour a Day of Mindfile Deposits Is Enough <ul><li>5 Years to Complete 100,000 Bainbridges </li></ul><ul><li>5 Years to Upload, Label & Emotion-Code 100K Photos </li></ul><ul><li>2000 Hours of You on Video! (In 5 Yrs) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  19. 19. Definitions of Life <ul><li>Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Thermodynamic </li></ul><ul><li>Information Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Legal </li></ul>
  20. 20. According to Biologists, Life Is That Which <ul><li>Is Organized </li></ul><ul><li>Takes Energy from Environment </li></ul><ul><li>Responds to Stimuli </li></ul><ul><li>Reproduces </li></ul><ul><li>Develops </li></ul><ul><li>Adapts to Environment </li></ul>
  21. 21. Do Mindfiles Preserve Life? No Autonomy Multi-Platforms Adapt to Environment No Autonomy Mindfiles Grow Develop Only Viral Copy Mindfiles Reproduce Not all Stimuli Eg Chatbots Responsive Not the Bits Electricity Extract Energy Not Enough Data Structure Organized I Say NO I Say YES Biological Criteria
  22. 22. Thermodynamic & Information Theoretic Definitions of Life <ul><li>Thermodynamic: Localized decrease in entropy </li></ul><ul><li>Information Theoretic: Sufficiently ordered information so as to recreate a being </li></ul>
  23. 23. 100,000+ Bainbridge Questions  Local Entropy & Preserve Order
  24. 24. Geo-Coded Bemes  Local Entropy & Preserve Order
  25. 25. Are Mindfiles IT or Thermodynamically Alive? Can’t Be Quantum If Sufficiently Detailed IT Replicable Not Growing When Static Order Grows With Uploads Continuous Increase Not Localized Enough Digital Storage Media Localized Region Mindfiles Are NOT Alive Mindfiles ARE Alive Factor
  26. 26. So, Do Mindfiles Preserve Life? I Say YES Just Say NO “ It’s a tautological debate.”
  27. 27. So, the Lawyers Have Decided…And Re-Decided Clinical Death: The cessation of heartbeat and breathing. Source: 
DeSpelder LA. Strickland AL. 2005. The Last Dance: Encountering Death and Dying. 6th Ed. New York, N.Y.: McGraw Hill. P. 211 <ul><li>Brain Death: An individual who has sustained either </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(1) irreversible cessation of circulatory and respiratory functions, or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(2) irreversible cessation of all functions of the entire brain , including the brain stem, is dead. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Source: Uniform Determination of Death Act ・ N.H. Rev. Stat. 141-D:1 et seq. 1986, 191:1, eff. July 1, 1987. </li></ul>
  28. 28. When Technology Advanced, the Definition of Life Changed
  29. 29. Ergo, When Mindfiles Are Revived, They’ll Be Called Alive Dead Heart + No Transplant = S/he Is Dead Dead Heart + Transplant = S/he Was Alive Dead Mind + No Mindplant = S/he Is Dead Dead Mind + Mindplant = S/he Was Alive If brain functions, such as memory, are retained ex vivo isn’t the person still alive?
  30. 30. Do Mindfiles Preserve Life <ul><li>Preserved life ≠ being alive </li></ul><ul><li>“ Preserved” means “protect…something from danger of being killed or damaged.” </li></ul><ul><li>Mindfiles per se protect information of a life </li></ul>Is the information of a life equivalent to a life?
  31. 31. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  32. 32. Revival Via Mindware <ul><li>Software that enables equivalent functionality to a mind from which mindfiles were abstracted </li></ul><ul><li>“ Auto-tunes” based on processing of mindfiles </li></ul>
  33. 33. Antecedents of Mindware <ul><li>Gameware Avatars </li></ul><ul><li>Autonomous Cars </li></ul><ul><li>Social Chatbots </li></ul><ul><li>AI Engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g. Novamente </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Neuro-Electronic Mapping </li></ul>
  34. 34. Less Than 30 Years to Mindware Revivals
  35. 35. So, Start Mindfiling If… <ul><li>You love life </li></ul><ul><li>There’s a risk your body won’t hold out </li></ul><ul><li>You don’t want cryonics to be your sole fallback option </li></ul><ul><li>You are H+/B+ enough to risk virtual life for a while </li></ul>
  36. 36. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  37. 37. Cyber-Consciousness <ul><li>A subjective state in techno substrate </li></ul><ul><li>Self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Self-value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The value of a life is the value one has for their life.” J. Harris </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Psychological assessment of empirical correlates </li></ul>
  38. 38. Society is Cool With Using Shrinks to Gauge Subjectivity <ul><li>Intent of a defendant </li></ul><ul><li>Sanity of an inmate </li></ul><ul><li>Honesty of a spy </li></ul><ul><li>Gender identity of a sex reassignment surgery candidate </li></ul><ul><li>Empirical correlates of conscious states are good enough! </li></ul>
  39. 39. “Downloading is Pretty Fucking Far From Suicide”
  40. 40. Getting Practical Again Got Cyber-Conscious? (Mindfile Trustor Help) Get Guardian Ad Litem (Mindware Pulldown Option) Affadavits From 2 Shrinks (Board-Certified in Cyber-Psychology…) Judge Says You’re Alive (Then You’re Legally Alive) Legislatures Set Standards (Forum Shopping Begins)
  41. 41. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  42. 42. Mindloading Embeds Cyber-Consciousness In a Sleeve <ul><li>Virtual Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>Robot Bodies </li></ul><ul><li>DNA-Derived Bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Off-the-rack </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Your own DNA </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bio-Nano Bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Burn to neurons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interface to neurons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Foglet Bodies </li></ul>
  43. 43. Mindloading Trusts That Our Bodies Are But a Canvas <ul><li>“ The naked fear of sleeving [is just] paranoid essentialism with its back to the wall.” </li></ul><ul><li>Morgan, Richard. Altered Carbon. Victor Gollancz Ltd., 2002, p.164. </li></ul>
  44. 44. Revolutionary Forerunners of Mindloading & Sleeving <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>Lucky Diamond Rich is the world's most tattooed person
  45. 45. We See Now the Vanguard of Transbodism <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>Elaine Davidson, the world's most pierced woman.
  46. 46. What Is Radical Now; Will Soon Be Passé <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>
  47. 47. 100,000 Hips & Knees Are Titaniumized a Year <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>
  48. 48. We Can Take Any Form In Data & Export It In Foglet <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>
  49. 49. Astral Projection Is Always Available, If We Let Go <ul><li>Tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>Body Piercing </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetic Surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Device Implants </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Living </li></ul><ul><li>Transcendental Meditation </li></ul>
  50. 50. Mindloading to Neurons Is < 30 Years Off MRI Resolution Device Size Neural Interfaces
  51. 51. Outline of Talk <ul><li>What Are “Digital Mindfiles?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is Meant by “Preserve Life?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Revival Via Mindware?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Cyber-Consciousness?” </li></ul><ul><li>What is “Mindloading?” </li></ul><ul><li>How Do All These Concepts Hang Together? </li></ul>
  52. 52. How These Concepts Hang Together Mindware Revives Consciousness Mindware Is a Zombie Bust Deposit Mindfiles Can’t Be Bothered Live Die Wasted Time Die Die
  53. 53. Terasem Hypotheses <ul><li>1. The creation of sufficiently detailed mindfiles will enable future mindware to revive an analog of the consciousness that created the mindfiles. </li></ul><ul><li>2. Consciousness revived from mindfiles can be downloaded into nano-bio and/or cellular-regenerated bodies to joyfully continue the life reflected in the mindfiles. </li></ul>
  54. 54. CyBeRev’s Photo Reactions Tool Helps Test 1 st Terasem Hypothesis
  55. 55. Lifenaut’s Beme-Sequencing Tool Helps Test 1 st Hypothesis
  56. 56. Come Help Test the Terasem Hypotheses! <ul><li>www.cyberev.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.lifenaut.com </li></ul><ul><li>Free, Fun & Possibly Life-Saving! </li></ul>
  57. 57. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Temple Fortson, Research & Editorial </li></ul><ul><li>E. Nadler, Transmetropolitan Cartoon </li></ul><ul><li>Andy Warhol, Freud Images </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Merkle, 2x2 Matrix Choice </li></ul><ul><li>Alex Grey, Visionary Art </li></ul><ul><li>The Heroes Who’ve Inspired Me </li></ul>
  58. 58. Heroes Who’ve Inspired Me

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