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January 3, 2013

Randal Koene Outlines SIM - Substrate Independent Minds



Randal Koene
 
Mind Uploading
According to Dr. Randal Koene, every aspect of modern science relies upon creating representations of things. And when we do, we pick the signals that interest us and the behavior that interests us. From that, we determine how to interpret the way input is converted into output in a system. The system he looks to capture and re-instantiate is none other than our own brains.
R andal A. Koene is computational neuroscientist and co-founder of carboncopies.org which is now funded by the 2045 organization. Carboncopies.org is a nonprofit organisation with a goal of advancing and creating Substrate-Independent Minds (SIM).

According to Koene, every aspect of modern science relies upon creating representations of things. And when we do, we pick the signals that interest us and the behavior that interests us. From that, we determine how to interpret the way input is converted into output in a system. Our description of that process is our understanding of the system.
Substrate Independent Mind Roadmap

The same is true for mental processes and reverse engineering their implementation in neural circuitry. The feasible approach to this is called whole brain emulation and relies on determining precisely which signals we care about and then breaking the problem down into a collection of smaller system identification problems.

To tackle those, Koene has developed a roadmap that includes structural scanning (connectomics) as well as new tools for functional recording -- some of which are now in development in collaboration with laboratories at MIT and Harvard.

In his talk at the 2012 Australian Singularity Summit, Koene examines the scale of the endeavor, and considers specific approaches to system identification in neural circuitry. — In the talk, Koene mentions various researchers and projects that are actively working towards mind uploading, including Dr. Ken Hayworth's connectome observatory work on developing brain scanning methods.






SOURCE  Singularity Summit Australia

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