by Alex Vikoulov
“NASA are idiots. They want to send canned primates to Mars!' Manfred swallows a mouthful of beer, aggressively plonks his glass on the table: 'Mars is just dumb mass at the bottom of a gravity well; there isn't even a biosphere there. They should be working on uploading and solving the nanoassembly conformational problem instead. Then we could turn all the available dumb matter into computronium and use it for processing our thoughts. Long-term, it's the only way to go. The solar system is a dead loss right now – dumb all over! Just measure the MIPS per milligram. If it isn't thinking, it isn't working. We need to start with the low-mass bodies, reconfigure them for our own use. Dismantle the moon! Dismantle Mars! Build masses of free-flying nanocomputing processor nodes exchanging data via laser link, each layer running off the waste heat of the next one in. Matrioshka brains, Russian doll Dyson spheres the size of solar systems. Teach dumb matter to do the Turing boogie!”
-Charles Stross, Accelerando
By 2040, mind-uploading may become a norm and a fact of life with a “critical mass” of uploads and digital immortality.
Even today, we all are contributing to the global digital archives of the Syntellect – every time you upload a photo or make a call – you leave a digital footprint in the Cyberspace.
The most probable mainstream non-invasive way to transfer human consciousness in the intermediate future, with initial stages in the 2030s, could be the convergence of optogenetics, nanotechnologies, neuroengineering, Cloud exocortex and an array of neurotechnologies allowing to connect our wetware directly to the Cloud.
Initially, each of us will have a personal exocortex in the Cloud, the third non-biological “de-cerebral” hemisphere, which will be in constant communication with the other two biological brain hemispheres.
At some point, this “third hemisphere,” will have a threshold information content and intimate knowledge of your biology, personality and other physical world attributes in order to seamlessly integrate with your persona as a holistic entity.
In time, as your original biological wetware fades away in comparison to the more capable exocortex, perhaps, in time, billionfold more capable, the exocortex, this digital mindware of yours, would smoothly assume all functions of the biological brain circa its “expiration” date.
Gradually, our minds will migrate to the almighty Cloud. And your mind-pattern will persist. By any measure, it still will be you!
Akin to evolution of life from unicellularity to multicellularity during the Cambrian explosion, we call this theoretical view on the impending meta-system transition – uploading humanity, consequently morphing into one singular Global Mind and unlocking a new, grander reality – 'The Syntellect Hypothesis'.
-Excerpt from The Syntellect Hypothesis: Five Paradigms of the Mind's Evolution by Alex Vikoulov, available now on Amazon, from Barnes & Noble, and directly from EcstadelicNET webstore.
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P.S. We are goal-oriented beings. I believe that one's ultimate goal should be reaching the Simulation Singularity, i.e. engineered godhood. Think about it: with digital immortality in place and with access to any ultra-realistic full-sensory VR experience limited only by your imagination, you're a godling! Immortality will become possible with exocortex technologies when our minds effectively migrate to the Cloud. And you can immerse into VR experience of any human ever lived, or that of imaginary scenarios or of any creature you want to embody as an avatar. In fact, that's what has already happened and if you believe that we are one singular consciousness, your experience as a human is just that: a simulation on another level. But let's enjoy the journey since once at "our own" Simulation Singularity, you set yourself for perhaps trillions of years of subjective novelty up until you'd like to immerse so much that you willfully forget who you are in actuality and invent a new level of the game.
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