28 Jan 2009

Nick Bostrom & Anders Sandberg: Whole Brain Emulation (WBE) (Mental Uploading / Mental Downloading) Part 1, Section 6, "Forecasting"

by Corry Shores
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[My more developed Deleuzean critique of mental uploading can be found here. The following summarizes Nick Bostrom's & Anders Sandberg's new study on whole brain emulation. My commentary is in brackets.]

Nick Bostrom & Anders Sandberg
"Whole Brain Emulation: A Roadmap"

Part I: The Concept of Brain Emulation

Section VI: "Forecasting"

Because Bostrom & Sandberg outline all the specific steps needed to fully emulate the brain's functioning, they have also made it possible to estimate how long it will take to develop these technologies, as well as how much it will cost along the way.

The purpose of this report is not to determine when and how the best form of brain emulation will come about. Rather, it is concerned primarily with the lower-level simulations that will precede the final developments. (14)

Sandberg, A. & Bostrom, N. (2008): Whole Brain Emulation: A Roadmap, Technical Report #2008‐3, Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford University.
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Nick Bostrom's page, with other publications:

Anders Sandberg's page, also with other publications:

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