I'm beginning to see this in - Big Data - terms. The software side. That's essentially how they cracked it. A lot of AI stuff, backing up minds and the like, the thinking always assumed figuring out how all the intricate bullshit worked in minute detail. Thing is, we only need that if we're talking about writing consciousness from the ground up. Stick that particular noble ambition to the side and focus on the immediate goal - I am fucking awesome. My consciousness is, at the moment, not being backed up. That shit is unacceptable and needs to be rectified at first available opportunity.
I'm guessing a lot of people also feel this way. Or would, if they thought about it in terms like that. So this video feed thing strikes me as a significant milestone on the road to capturing a snapshot of my whole instance.
I'm totally all about the computer backup of the human brain. That technology, however, is a very, very long way off, and in fact when it does arrive it will probably barely be recognizable as "technology".
I'm not talking abut restoring the backup or running it on new substrate. I agree - that shit looks decades away at best but just capturing the image will come much sooner. At that point, from my point of view it ought to appear instantaneous anyway, even if I'm not restored and rebooted for hundreds of years. Just grab that images and subsequent generations can figure out how to get them up and running.
The image of someone's imagination? There's nothing to get "up and running", not sure what you're talking about.
The image of me. The software running in my brain and extraneous neural network. Imagination is only part of it. Memory, pattern filters, all the other bullshit. Once that's captured and fed into an emulator, I'm restored but backup can happen at any point before the restore platform is developed. I'm non existent in the interim but I'm thinking it'll be just like sleeping but without the dreams.
OK, but that is not even close to anything the technology in that talk actually does, or even could be developed to do. Think of it as like a camera; no matter how HD the image, it's still just an image.
Yes but that's only the visual cortex. They're doing this with the whole brain. A bit at a time, for the present but eventually it'll be the whole thing. Give it a couple of orders of magnitude in scanning resolution, they'll be getting the whole mind state. Unless you think there's something "external" going on, ie. some essence of you that isn't an emergent property of brain function, then scanning at high enough resolution becomes a frozen snapshot of your conscious state.
Emulation would require a complex series of rules to coordinate the interactions of the mostly dynamic dataset. Maybe emulation isn't required, maybe just growing a brain in a vat and then "flashing" the snapshot onto/into it. Like I said - it's the future's problem. Getting the snapshot, in my lifetime, before my consciousness starts to suffer deterioration or death - that's the important part, from my point of view.