Our update for the beginning of 2014, about self-directed evolution from the constraint of biology to a substrate-independent mind (SIM) and personality, a process alluded to in science fiction with the oft-confusing term "uploading". In this talk, I present the most realistic development route to SIM via whole brain emulation (WBE), neural prostheses and neural interfaces. I describe how I contribute to make this happen, as effectively as I can, through my work as it is presented at carboncopies.org. Then, I draw your attention to the most significant development in the field at this moment, an opportunity for a widely applicable Platform for high resolution neural interfaces. That platform has the potential in the near-term to provide the access needed for true brain machine interfaces, cognitive neural prostheses and the type of data acquisition that is essential for whole brain emulation.