March 27, 2017 1:23 PM
The mind is me? Sometimes I’m amazed at how dumb smart people can be. Not Mark O’Connell—the author of the referenced article—but the people he interviewed for it.
Here’s an email I just sent Mark (minor corrections for my mind’s (see, two things: me and my mind) stupidity).
I saw your article in the Guardian today, https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/25/animal-life-is-over-machine-life-has-begun-road-to-immortality.
“to create technologies enabling the transfer of an individual’s personality to a more advanced nonbiological carrier, and extending life, including to the point of immortality”
I’d suggest a follow up article where you asked everyone involved in the original article a couple of simple questions:
- Would you do this procedure if it was available and affordable?
- If the procedure didn’t kill you, if it didn’t affect your body at all, would you still do it?
Nobody’s getting transferred into a machine. There’s a flaw in their logic. Their mind is simply being copied. They’ll still be stuck in their mortal, human body. I wrote a blog post about the topic back in 2014 – http://waynewirs.com/2014/why-uploading-your-consciousness-wont-work/ – you might enjoy it.
As I said, I’d love to see a follow up post. I think it would be really cool to hear their responses. 🙂
ADDED March 28, 2017.
Mark got back to me this morning. The Guardian article was an extract from his new book, To Be A Machine: Here’s his response:
Hi Wayne––thanks for getting in touch. I agree with you (to the extent that I’m in a position to make scientific judgments, which is no great extent). But the piece is an extract from my book, To Be a Machine. I talk to Miguel Nicolelis in the book, and he makes it quite clear that this stuff is deeply unrealistic. I sort of wish the Guardian had included him in the extract …
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