Sunday, June 16, 2013

Moving Mind to Machine

Can the City That Never Sleeps become the City That Never Dies? A Russian multimillionaire thinks so.

Dmitry Itskov gathered some of humanity's best brains —and a few robots —in New York City on Saturday to discuss how humans can get their minds to outlive their bodies.

Itskov, who looks younger than his 32 years, has an aggressive timetable in which he'd like to see milestones toward that goal met:

—By 2020, robots we can control remotely with our brains.

—By 2025, a scenario familiar to watchers of sci-fi cartoon show "Futurama:" the capability to transplant the brain into a life-support system, which could be a robot body. Essentially, a robot prosthesis that can replace an ailing, perhaps dying body.

—By 2035, the ability to move the mind into a computer, eliminating the need for the robot bodies to carry around wet, messy brains.

—By 2045, technology nirvana in the form of artificial brains controlling insubstantial, hologram bodies.

The testimony of the neuroscience experts invited to Itskov's Global Future 2045 conference at Lincoln Center in the New York City's Manhattan borough indicate that Itskov's timetable is ambitious to the point of being unrealistic.

But the gathering was a rare public airing of questions that will face us as technology progresses. Is immortality desirable, and if so, what's the best way to get there? Do we leave behind something essentially human if we leave our bodies behind? If you send your robot copy to work, do you get paid?

[Do we really want Bill Gates to live forever? - c]

http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2427341

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Bicentennial Man

The 'life' and times of Andrew, an android who is purchased as a household robot programmed to perform menial tasks. Within a few days the Martin family realizes that they don't have an ordinary droid as Andrew begins to experience emotions and creative thought. In a story that spans two centuries, Andrew learns the intricacies of humanity while trying to stop those who created him from destroying him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5YMEwX2-88

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