I would like nothing more than the proof of various cryptids, alien civilizations, even alien visitors to be found. But that proof will come only through rigorous science and objective analysis, and by holding evidence to the highest standards of scrutiny. Born in south eastern Pennsylvania, i have found myself at one time or another living in Chicago, Cleveland, Raleigh-Durham, on the island of Kaua'i and finally landed on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. I have turned my hand to various professions from early work in 3d graphics to historic building restoration, carpentry and log home building to working in a bronze art foundry on the WWII Veterans Memorial. Currently I am a writer, script writer and working for a non profit organization called Empowerment Through Connection which is involved in equine assisted therapy for veterans, at risk teens and women.

As a follow up to a recent article of mine you can read HERE about the possibility of the combining of consciousness with technology, Director of Engineering at Google, Ray Kurzweil predicts exactly that in our lifetimes.

In an article in The Daily Mail

We’ll be uploading our entire MINDS to computers by 2045 and our bodies will be replaced by machines within 90 years, Google expert claims

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, believes we will be able to upload our entire brains to computers within the next 32 years – an event known as singularity
Our ‘fragile’ human body parts will be replaced by machines by the turn of the century

And if these predictions comes true, it could make humans immortal

By Victoria Woollaston, PUBLISHED: 09:22 EST, 19 June 2013

In just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal – an event called singularity – according to a futurist from Google.

Ray Kurzweil, director of engineering at Google, also claims that the biological parts of our body will be replaced with mechanical parts and this could happen as early as 2100.

Kurweil made the claims during his conference speech at the Global Futures 2045 International Congress in New York at the weekend.

Beyond his work with Google, Kurzweil’s Bio has this to say:

Ray Kurzweil has been described as “the restless genius” by The Wall Street Journal, and “the ultimate thinking machine” by Forbes. Inc. magazine ranked him #8 among entrepreneurs in the United States, calling him the “rightful heir to Thomas Edison,” and PBS included Ray as one of 16 “revolutionaries who made America,” along with other inventors of the past two centuries.
Ray is the recipient of the $500,000 MIT-Lemelson Prize, the world’s largest for innovation. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation’s highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. And in 2002, he was inducted into the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame, established by the U.S. Patent Office.

He has received nineteen honorary doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents. Ray has authored seven books, five of which have been national bestsellers. The Age of Spiritual Machines has been translated into 9 languages and was the #1 best-selling book on Amazon in science.

This prediction is largely based upon the projection of Moore’s Law which predicts continued exponential growth of computer processing speed.

This presumes that materials science can keep up

Of course this idea has been a mainstay of the CyberPunk genre. If you want to go so far back, the idea of a disembodied consciousness appears in horror fiction from the 19th and early 20th century.

But would you WANT to live in an environment where someone could literally “pull the plug?” What is the lifespan of the average family car? How often do you buy a new computer? We can barely keep our current computers free of viruses, spam and adware. Should we foresee advertising replaced with the basic desire for something placed directly into our consciousness by a computer virus?

Along side of Moore’s Law potentially opening up digital existence to our consciousness, we are also developing more sophisticated Artificial Intelligences. At what point do we decide an artificial entity is our equal, and why not? At what point do we simply stop reproducing ourselves because it is simpler to just program new selves?

When do we stop being human?

And when do we stop Being?

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  • Dave (not the barbarian)

    I’ve always been skeptic of Moore’s Law. It’s hard to study the potential of the processor without factoring in the mental capabilities of those creating the processor, and the seemingly decreasing amount of invention contributing to it. I believe the equilibrium will show it’s ugly head before we get there. From there, it’s all down hill until we get a gift of imagination to start the process over again. But it’s just my opinion.

  • The Oshmar

    Bring me my metal goliath!

  • Intellect isn’t the issue I see so much as we are approaching our limit to make anything smaller. It will take a more radical redesign, such as quantum processing, or some way of increasing the base for coding, trinary in place of binary. THEN we will see a huge jump that surpasses Moore’s Law.

  • Dave (not the barbarian)

    Also a good point.

  • Scott_McMan

    Yes Henry, I read up on that recently. Interesting, but undertaking such a thing can’t lead to a good outcome, even if good things happen along the way.

    IMO, these are things that are better left alone.

  • I agree, though I don’t imagine anyone would be forced to commit to such a procedure.

  • Yup

    Just because you can upload your brain to a computer doesn’t mean you’ll live forever. It would be a machine that had a copy of your brain programmed in, but it wouldn’t be you. You would cease to exist after your physical body died, bug there would be a machine that thought it was you, and had all of your memories. How’s that immortality?

  • I guess that depends on what concsiousness actually is. If in the process there is a way to transfer the consciousness then it could be you and you might leave behind a sort of zombie. Until it happens we do not really know.

    But here is a scenario: currently we can create artificial limbs. We are working and improving upon artificial eyes all the time. In both we are developing more sophisticated interfaces with the human nervous system, even directly into the brain in the case of eyes. Supposing we develop the capacity to replace damaged parts of the brain to interface with the biological parts isn’t it possible that eventually the entire brain can be replaced, even if it is only done piece by piece, with out a break on the continuity of consciousness? And at that point that artificial brain can be maintained by artificial systems as long as the technology can be maintained.

  • Not Even Wrong

    How are we so sure our entire consciousness resides in our brain? Are we positive that it is nothing but a collection of electrical impulses that can be easily transferred to binary 1’s and 0’s? What I see is creating more and more advanced technology until it is classified as it’s own life form. We will literally be creating our successors. Hopefully, they will treat us with respect and maybe we will become their pets.