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From BBC News:

So Itskov is putting a slice of his fortune in to a bold plan he has devised to bypass ageing. He wants to use cutting-edge science to unlock the secrets of the human brain and then upload an individual’s mind to a computer, freeing them from the biological constraints of the body.

“The ultimate goal of my plan is to transfer someone’s personality into a completely new body,” he says.

But Itskov is far from home and dry. At Duke University, one leading neuroscientist argues that the brain’s dynamic complexity – from which the human condition emerges – cannot be replicated. “You cannot code intuition; you cannot code aesthetic beauty; you cannot code love or hate,” says Dr Miguel Nicolelis, who is developing a mind-controlled exoskeleton aimed at helping the paralysed walk. “There is no way you will ever see a human brain reduced to a digital medium. It’s simply impossible to reduce that complexity to the kind of algorithmic process that you will have to have to do that.” More.

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3 Replies to “Upload mind to computer: Status report

  1. 1
    Mapou says:

    Transhumanists are all crackpots. Words like “pseudoscience” and “fraud” also come to mind.

  2. 2
    bornagain77 says:

    as to

    “The ultimate goal of my plan is to transfer someone’s personality into a completely new body,” he says.

    Somebody already beat him to that plan for an ultimate goal:

    1 Corinthians 15: 49-57
    And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we bear the image of the heavenly man.
    I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

    “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

    The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    ///

    Johnny Cash – Ain’t No Grave – music
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o0MIFHLIzZY

  3. 3
    Mung says:

    welcome back ba77 – missed you

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