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Mind uploading won’t lead to immortality – Life 2.0 …

Posted: June 10, 2016 at 12:44 pm

By Maciamo Hay, on 19 April 2014 (updated on 25 April 2014)

Uploading the content of one’s mind, including one’s personality, memories and emotions, into a computer may one day be possible, but it won’t transfer our biological consciousness and won’t make us immortal.

Uploading one’s mind into a computer, a concept popularized by the 2014 movie Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, is likely to become at least partially possible, but won’t lead to immortality. Major objections have been raised regarding the feasibility of mind uploading. Even if we could surpass every technical obstacle and successfully copy the totality of one’s mind, emotions, memories, personality and intellect into a machine, that would be just that: a copy, which itself can be copied again and again on various computers.

Neuroscientists have not yet been able to explain what consciousness is, or how it works at a neurological level. Once they do, it is might be possible to reproduce consciousness in artificial intelligence. If that proves feasible, then it should in theory be possible to replicate our consciousness on computers too. Or is that jumpig to conclusions ?

Once all the connections in the brain are mapped and we are able to reproduce all neural connections electronically, we will also be able run a faithful simulation of our brain on a computer. However, even if that simulation happens to have a consciousness of its own, it will never be quite like our own biological consciousness. For example, without hormones we couldn’t feel emotions like love, jealously or attachment. (see Could a machine or an AI ever feel human-like emotions ?)

Some people think that mind uploading necessarily requires to leave one’s biological body. But there is no conscensus about that. Uploading means copying. When a file is uploaded on the Internet, it doesn’t get deleted at the source. It’s just a copy.

The best analogy to understand that is cloning. Identical twins are an example of human clones that already live among us. Identical twins share the same DNA, yet nobody would argue that they also share a single consciousness.

It will be easy to prove that hypothesis once the technology becomes available. Unlike Johnny Depp in Transcend, we don’t have to die to upload our mind to one or several computers. Doing so won’t deprive us of our biological consciousness. It will just be like having a mental clone of ourself, but we will never feel like we are inside the computer, without affecting who we are.

If the conscious self doesn’t leave the biologically body (i.e. “die”) when transferring mind and consciousness, it would basically mean that that individual would feel in two places at the same time: in the biological body and in the computer. That is problematic. It’s hard to conceive how that could be possible since the very essence of consciousness is a feeling of indivisible unity.

If we want to avoid this problem of dividing the sense of self, we must indeed find a way to transfer the consciousness from the body to the computer. But this would assume that consciousness is merely some data that can be transferred. We don’t know that yet. It could be tied to our neurons or to very specific atoms in some neurons. If that was the case, destroying the neurons would destroy the consciousness.

Even assuming that we found a way to transfer the consciousness from the brain to a computer, how could we avoid consciousness being copied to other computers, recreating the philosophical problem of splitting the self. That would actually be much worse since a computerized consciousness could be copied endless times. How would you then feel a sense of unified consciousness ?

Since mind uploading won’t preserve our self-awareness, the feeling that we are ourself and not someone else, it won’t lead to immortality. We’ll still be bound to our bodies, but life expectancy for transhumanists and cybernetic humans will be considerably extended.

Immortality is a confusing term since it implies living forever, which is impossible since nothing is eternal in our universe, not even atoms or quarks. Living for billions of years, while highly improbable in itself, wouldn’t even be close to immortality. It may seem like a very large number compared to our short existence, but compared to eternity (infinite time), it isn’t much longer than 100 years.

Even machines aren’t much longer lived than we are. Actually modern computers tend to have much shorter life spans than humans. A 10-year old computer is very old indeed, as well as slower and more prone to technical problems than a new computer. So why would we think that transferring our mind to a computer would grant us greatly extended longevity ?

Even if we could transfer all our mind’s data and consciousness an unlimited number of times onto new machines, that won’t prevent the machine currently hosting us from being destroyed by viruses, bugs, mechanical failures or outright physical destruction of the whole hardware, intentionally, accidentally or due to natural catastrophes.

In the meantime, science will slow down, stop and even reverse the aging process, enabling us to live healthily for a very long time by today’s standards. This is known as negligible senescence. Nevertheless, cybernetic humans with robotic limbs and respirocytes will still die in accidents or wars. At best we could hope to living for several hundreds or thousands years, assuming that nothing kills us before.

As a result, there won’t be that much differences between living inside a biological body and a machine. The risks will be comparable. Human longevity will in all likelihood increase dramatically, but there simply is no such thing as immortality.

Artificial Intelligence could easily replicate most of processes, thoughts, emotions, sensations and memories of the human brain – with some reservations on some feelings and emotions residing outside the brain, in the biological body. An AI might also have a consciousness of its own. Backing up the content of one’s mind will most probably be possible one day. However there is no evidence that consciousness or self-awareness are merely information that can be transferred since consciousness cannot be divided in two or many parts.

Consciousness is most likely tied to neurons in a certain part of the brain (which may well include the thalamus). These neurons are maintained throughout life, from birth to death, without being regenerated like other cells in the body, which explains the experienced feeling of continuity.

There is not the slightest scientific evidence of a duality between body and consciousness, or in other words that consciousness could be equated with an immaterial soul. In the absence of such duality, a person’s original consciousness would cease to exist with the destruction of the neurons in his/her brain responsible for consciousness. Unless one believes in an immaterial, immortal soul, the death of one’s brain automatically results in the extinction of consciousness. While a new consciousness could be imitated to perfection inside a machine, it would merely be a clone of the person’s consciousness, not an actual transfer, meaning that that feeling of self would not be preserved.

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A Complete Guide for CryptoCurrency Investors & Traders …

Posted: March 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm

There’s so much noise, so much chatter, so much conflicting information out there about the world of digital currency. Even people who are used to investing can find their heads spinning as they try to sort out all the information they’re bombarded with about cryptocurrency. And if you’re new to investing, wellit can be downright confusing and intimidating. If only there was an unbiased source of clear information a potential investor could really use, a place to sort the facts from all that noise.

Look no further, folks; you’re there.

Coin Pursuit was created with one goal in mind: to help the alternative currency investor navigate the minefield of information that’s swirling around this new and robust industry. We’re investors ourselves, and we discovered early on just how difficult it was to find straightforward info about even the basics of investing. The facts are out there, but they’re scattered all over the Internetand they’re often drowned out by people with skin in the game who have agendas and products to market. We realized the average investor doesn’t have hours and hours of spare time to scour the web for the facts they need. We also saw the need for a comprehensive and thoroughly-researched site that could be bookmarked and referred to by both the new and experienced investor alike.

From this perceived need, Coin Pursuit was born. We’ll be doing thorough research, and will sort out the facts from the rumors. The information we find will be put into clear and easy-to understand language, and will be passed along to you. We’ll cover the full spectrum of the cryptocurrency industry, from its basic concepts to its most current trends. Here, you’ll also find links and details about all the resources you’ll ever need to make your investment experience enjoyable andhopefullyprofitable.

There’s also another way we’re helping traders cut down on the noise and distractions they often find online, and that’s our exclusive and interactive SliceFeeds portal. Those of you who use Twitter or Facebook, or try to sort through the content on forums or sites like Reddit, know it can take a lot of time as you try to locate a specific piece of information, or connect with one person directly. SliceFeeds eliminates all that hassle by concentrating all your contacts and cryptocurrency information in one place. Its network is divided into three easy-to-use sections: the network page shows statistics at a glance; the feeds page displays updates as they happen; and your profile page allows you to customize your own personal network-within-the-network. Members will also be able to monetize their unique contributions to the community; for example, bloggers can offer subscriptions (payable in digital currency, of course) for access to their exclusive content, and merchants will be able to advertise their companies and products through SliceFeeds, as well. With SliceFeeds, the days of sorting through dozens of unrelated tweets and forum posts are over; you’ll be able to find the digital currency info you need, when you need it.

It’s our mission to be the most expansive and expanding resource for digital currency information. And that means fresh information, so stop by often; we’re constantly updating our content. So, if you’ve just got a casual interest in alternative currencies, or you’re a hardcore investoror if you fall anywhere in betweenCoin Pursuit will be your trusted resource.

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A Complete Guide for CryptoCurrency Investors & Traders …

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There’s so much noise, so much chatter, so much conflicting information out there about the world of digital currency. Even people who are used to investing can find their heads spinning as they try to sort out all the information they’re bombarded with about cryptocurrency. And if you’re new to investing, wellit can be downright confusing and intimidating. If only there was an unbiased source of clear information a potential investor could really use, a place to sort the facts from all that noise.

Look no further, folks; you’re there.

Coin Pursuit was created with one goal in mind: to help the alternative currency investor navigate the minefield of information that’s swirling around this new and robust industry. We’re investors ourselves, and we discovered early on just how difficult it was to find straightforward info about even the basics of investing. The facts are out there, but they’re scattered all over the Internetand they’re often drowned out by people with skin in the game who have agendas and products to market. We realized the average investor doesn’t have hours and hours of spare time to scour the web for the facts they need. We also saw the need for a comprehensive and thoroughly-researched site that could be bookmarked and referred to by both the new and experienced investor alike.

From this perceived need, Coin Pursuit was born. We’ll be doing thorough research, and will sort out the facts from the rumors. The information we find will be put into clear and easy-to understand language, and will be passed along to you. We’ll cover the full spectrum of the cryptocurrency industry, from its basic concepts to its most current trends. Here, you’ll also find links and details about all the resources you’ll ever need to make your investment experience enjoyable andhopefullyprofitable.

There’s also another way we’re helping traders cut down on the noise and distractions they often find online, and that’s our exclusive and interactive SliceFeeds portal. Those of you who use Twitter or Facebook, or try to sort through the content on forums or sites like Reddit, know it can take a lot of time as you try to locate a specific piece of information, or connect with one person directly. SliceFeeds eliminates all that hassle by concentrating all your contacts and cryptocurrency information in one place. Its network is divided into three easy-to-use sections: the network page shows statistics at a glance; the feeds page displays updates as they happen; and your profile page allows you to customize your own personal network-within-the-network. Members will also be able to monetize their unique contributions to the community; for example, bloggers can offer subscriptions (payable in digital currency, of course) for access to their exclusive content, and merchants will be able to advertise their companies and products through SliceFeeds, as well. With SliceFeeds, the days of sorting through dozens of unrelated tweets and forum posts are over; you’ll be able to find the digital currency info you need, when you need it.

It’s our mission to be the most expansive and expanding resource for digital currency information. And that means fresh information, so stop by often; we’re constantly updating our content. So, if you’ve just got a casual interest in alternative currencies, or you’re a hardcore investoror if you fall anywhere in betweenCoin Pursuit will be your trusted resource.

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AW: Best DNA Setup! SB Content RC @SBSway @SBRxvi @SpaceBoundClan – Video

Posted: April 8, 2015 at 4:43 am



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India's Supreme Court protects freedom of speech — strikes down 'unconstitutional' IT Act Section 66A

Posted: March 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

Its a big day for freedom of speech in India. The countrys Supreme Court today scrapped an ambiguous and controversial law which governed the consequences of posting sensitive and offensive content on the web. The ruling challenges the IT Act, including Section 66A, Section 79, and Section 69. With this decision the Supreme Court — the highest judicial forum and final court of appeal under the Constitution of India — ruled against the Central government which had defended the section.

The bench which consisted of Justice Chelameswar and Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman struck down Section 66A of the IT Act. For a refresh, the Section 66A orders 3 years imprisonment for anyone making offensive statements on the web; Section 79 forces the intermediary to take down the content from the web; and Section 69 allows blocking of online content.

Over the past couple of years, as an increasing number of Indians started connecting to the internet for business, education, health, entertainment, and other purposes, the laws defined in the IT Act started to seem out-of-date, unclear, and — in some cases — irrelevant. Today Justice Nariman sheds lights on the “three aspects of freedom of expression: discussion, advocacy and incitement”, and notes that only when the discussion and advocacy reach the level of incitement that we apply Article 19 (2). The article in question allows restrictions on freedom of speech whenever applicable.

Today, Nariman also admitted that what could be offensive and annoying to one may not be observed as same by others. “Governments come and governments go, the law persists. And the law must be judged on its own merit. 66A is invalid and it cannot be saved even if the government says it won’t abuse the law,” he added.

The government, however, still supports Section 69, which gives it the power to block offensive content, whenever applicable. Section 79 and the IT rules are also subject to reasonable restrictions whenever applicable, but an intermediary will be provided with a court order or a government order. This is interesting, but it still leaves a possibility that the law could be misused. We will see how this shapes up in the months to come.

The ruling has given millions of Indians a hope of freedom of speech on the internet. The 66A had users “punished for sending offensive messages through communication service, etc.”. Furthermore, if the content sent by a user via a communication device was found “grossly offensive” or of “menacing character”, or caused “annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred, or ill”, it was treated with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and a fine.

Because of its ambiguous nature, Section 66A act was often misunderstood and misused. In the past, we have seen several incidences when people were arrested because they clicked on the Like button on Facebook, or shared something offensive. In 2012, two girls were arrested over a Facebook post. Last December, Indian government had ordered a ban on more than 52 websites including Vimeo, Archive.org, and Github because the local government found some content on the websites as offensive.

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Starmade StarSquadron E7 – Hanging out at Drakkart’s Station Part 2 – Video

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Is The Right To Be Forgotten Censorship? – Video

Posted: March 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm



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The Trouble With Atheism by Rod Liddle – Video

Posted: March 15, 2015 at 5:53 pm



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”CHAMPION CAMO DNA BOMB!” Advanced Warfare: Champion Personalisation Pack (COD Champs Camo) – Video

Posted: February 11, 2015 at 3:45 pm



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