Academic Journal Features 'Mind Uploading' For The First Time

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mind Uploading

 Mind Uploading
In a special Issue on Mind Uploading, the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, has released the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading. This milestone is a significant milestone in bringing the real science behind uploading into the academic mainstream.
The Special Issue on Mind Uploading (Vol. 4, issue 1, June 2012) of the International Journal of Machine Consciousness, just released, “constitutes a significant milestone in the history of mind uploading research: the first-ever collection of scientific and philosophical papers on the theme of mind uploading,” as Ben Goertzel and Matthew Ikle’ note in the introduction to this issue.

“Mind uploading” is an informal term that refers to transferring the mental contents from a human brain into a different substrate, such as a digital, analog, or quantum computer. It’s also known as “whole brain emulation” and “substrate-independent minds.”

Serious mind uploading researchers have emerged recently, taking this seemingly science-fictional notion seriously and pursuing it via experimental and theoretical research programs.

For example, Neuroscientist Randal A. Koene (a contributor of two papers to this volume) has formed a nonprofit organization called Carbon Copies ( to promote mind uploading research.

At the request of KurzweilAI, the publishers have made both the Introduction and the first paper by Koene, Fundamentals Of Whole Brain Emulation: State, Transition And Update Representations, open access, available in full text on the International Journal of Machine Consciousness website.

Editor Ben Goertzel has also gathered links to informal, “preprint” versions of the papers in this Special Issue, hosted on the paper authors’ websites (below). These preprint versions are not guaranteed to be identical to the final published versions, but the content should be essentially the same, he advises.

IntroductionBen Goertzel And Matthew Ikle’ 
Fundamentals Of Whole Brain Emulation: State, Transition And Update RepresentationsRandal A. Koene 
A Framework For Approaches To Transfer Of A Mind’s SubstrateSim Bamford 
Experimental Research In Whole Brain Emulation: The Need For Innovative In Vivo Measurement TechniquesRandal A. Koene 
Available Tools For Whole Brain Emulation
Diana Deca 
Electron Imaging Technology For Whole Brain Neural Circuit MappingKenneth J. Hayworth 
Non-destructive Whole-brain Monitoring Using Nanorobots: Neural Electrical Data Rate Requirements
Nuno R. B. Martins, Wolfram Erlhagen And Robert A. Freitas, Jr. 
The Terasem Mind Uploading ExperimentMartine Rothblatt
Whole-personality Emulation
William Sims Bainbridge 
When Should Two Minds Be Considered Versions Of One Another?Ben Goertzel 
My Brain, My Mind, And I: Some Philosophical Assumptions Of Mind-uploadingMichael Hauskeller 
Seeking Normative Guidelines For Novel Future Forms Of ConsciousnessBrandon Oto
Trans-human Cognitive Enhancement, Phenomenal Consciousness And The Extended Mind
Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki 
Why Uploading Will Not Work, Or, The Ghosts Haunting TranshumanismPatrick D. Hopkins 
Digital Immortality: Self Or 0010110?
Liz Stillwaggon Swan And Joshua Howard 
Time, Consciousness, And Mind UploadingYoonsuck Choe, Jaerock Kwon And Ji Ryang Chung 
Advantages Of Artificial Intelligences, Uploads, And Digital MindsKaj Sotala 
Coalescing Minds: Brain Uploading-related Group Mind ScenariosKaj Sotala And Harri Valpola

SOURCE  KurzweilAI

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