From: Jason Gammon <boyinthemachine.nul> Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2013 17:15:57 -0400 (EDT) Archived: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 12:19:12 -0400 Subject: Re: "Thought" Definition >From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >To: <post.nul> >Date: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 19:59:05 -0000 >Subject: "Thought" Definition >Hello List, >Today was idly listening to 'The Museum of Curiosity' - a >somewhat jokey BBC R4 radio program >http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03f92qc >and a visiting contributor Professor Kevin Warwick (cybernetics: >University of Reading - the pillock who had a chip implanted in >his arm some years ago). >He seems a strong AI believer and talked about growing brain >neurones on an electrode or assembly of electrodes which in turn >are connected to a robot body equipped with sense "organs" - >i.e. simulating sight, touch, hearing and other attributes. He >claimed that when the robot 'body' sends such info to the >neuronic 'brain', which then responds by apparently ordering >some movement or other reaction by the 'body' - then that >fulfils the definition of conscious "thinking", and "reacting" >like a human. >I'm not so sure. Ray, How about the following scenario. Let's say John Doe goes to bed at night and I sneak into his home while he sleeps. I approach John while he slumbers and pull out this thin metallic rod. At the end of the rod is something that look like a small bb. While John snores I insert the rod into his nostrils and pierce through he bone, driving into the skull itself. The bb- like object is deposited and the rod is removed. Now, the bb-type object that was implanted will 'hatch' and grow in the next few days. It will send out strands of wire-like objects that spread all throughout the structures of the brain and connect with neurons. The bb-device beings to perform several tasks such as retrieving memories and learning the thought patters of it's host. The bb-device literally becomes it's host. During this time John may experience nose-bleeds, migraines, and perhaps even seizures. However, these are mere nuisances which are easily dismissed when on considers the end result. John doesn't know it but he is now immortal. He has merged with a machine intelligence, a "blank"-type of seed A.I. that has grown to become John. Johns memories and record of thought patterns, everything that makes John who he is, is uploaded to a machine intelligence that is say, orbiting the planet. When John dies here on this planet he will simply 'wake up' in another body aboard a craft, itself being a part of this machine intelligence. Or perhaps he exists as a consciousness within a virtual construct within the machine intelligence. There are also further options. So when all is said and done, has not John literally become a machine intelligence himself? Is he not the same as he was before. Would he not argue with you that he is conscious, is creative, and is the exact same as any other human being, save that he now exists as a machine intelligence. See the thing with humans is they confuse the body for being who they are. Your body is a mere garment, a costume. Your body is nothing more than a vessel. It's time humans put emphasis on what is really important, the mind, the soul, the essence of a person and not the mask they are wearing to interact with this world. -Jason Gammon Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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