Is uploading feasible?

Richard Wilson WilsonR at LILHD.Logica.com
Tue Dec 14 13:04:37 EST 1993


In article <1993Dec13.134805.12597 at clpd.kodak.com> cox at ast.serum.kodak.com (David Cox (15084)) writes:
>
>Perhaps someday we will know that certain patterns of neural activity
>are related to consciousness.  In fact, consciousness might then be
>defined as those patterns of neural activity.  We can then say that the
>hand, leg, or other parts of the anatomy are not conscious because they
>do not contain those patterns of activity.
>
>Interestingly, if we can identify those patterns, I see no reason
>why they cannot be transfered to other entities such as computers.
>Would those entities then be conscious?

Sure, if the patterns are computable! IMO conscious neural activity is
a non-deterministic form of feedback which FSAs cannot, in principle,
handle. 

Richard



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