Will we ever be able to upload our brain?
11 Oct 2015 23:10 #8037
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Since I'm a Computer Scientist, I was piqued by the headline that read: "Will You Ever Be Able to Upload Your Brain?" The article was very interesting because it describes the current state of the art in brain modeling and research and just how far we are from actually being able to "upload" and reconstruct a brain. Interestingly, rather than approach the brain as being equivalent to the mind, it makes a distinction. The article actually concerns itself with how to reconstruct a brain as an actual physical brain with all its connections and components. In contrast, what is really of interest to me is reconstructing the mind, in software, running on silicon. Still, it was impressive to read about just how complex our physical brain is. While we've currently succeeded in recreating a "a tiny piece of brain tissue containing 1,700 synapses; the human brain has more than a hundred billion times that number of synapses." And synapses are just one component among a flurry that we must duplicate to recreate a brain. In the end, I mostly agree with the author's point that "the universe is not about me or any other individual; we come and we go as part of a much larger process." Well yeah, but I don't want to go, I want to be uploaded!