14 Jun 2009

Conclusion; Bostrom and Sandberg's Brain Emulation, Examined and Critiqued. Section 6

by Corry Shores
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Bostrom and Sandberg's Brain Emulation,

Examined and Critiqued

Section 6:


I do not discourage this technology’s development. I hope in fact that my critical objections are wrong. For that way we will have reason to believe that Bostrom & Sandberg’s philosophical assumptions are in fact correct. This would lend support to the theories that our minds are emergent phenomena, that analog technologies are unnecessary for artificial intelligence, that we may artificially simulate our brain’s randomness that is essential for creativity, adaptation, and perhaps free choice, and that this randomness does not make it impossible to replicate someone’s personal identity. In this sense, the technology can never really be a failure. For even if results indicate it will never succeed, that lends support to the contrary philosophical assumptions.

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