What would an uploaded human mind be able to do?
Assuming hypothetically that we could achieve such a feat, and that we don't digress into arguments of whether it actually has a soul, or the same identical fidelity as the original. Or just how long it would take to do such a thing? Or whether we should do it, and many other such debates.
I ask again, what would just such a human uploaded mind be capable of? What are it's parameters? Maybe it?s possible to guess. We do understand ourselves somewhat given our evolutionary history. That in of itself is a somewhat frightening thought! But I will continue . . .
Well let's also assume it (a human mind) is uploaded to a significantly powerful computer system, or cloud infrastructure capable of simulating thought at least at real-time speeds, allowing it to converse and interact normally with other humans (say in virtual reality) without significant delays.
First thing comes to mind is it would be able to slow itself down. You may ask what advantage is this? Well, it defeats boredom, for one. Allowing the mind to perceptively experience time dilation at high speed. I can think of many uses, one of them long duration space travel.
Okay you say what about speeding things up? Well it might be possible to get speeds many factors above real-time, and then of course everything in the physical world would be moving in slow motion. Flesh and blood humans would seem tediously slow to experience. Uploads might find they would have to slow some parts of themselves to even relate effectively to us.
Now let?s talk about increasing our upload's capabilities. What about spawning (instantiating) multiple copies for complex tasks out onto more processors and then reintegrating for the results. This assumes the architecture of such a system could enable this, and then integrate the separate memory experiences in a coherent fashion.
Maybe instead of dreaming we would spend most of our time dreaming new capabilities, solutions, and further questions as our abilities grew.
What would be involved in using multiple uploads of different individuals? Would we be able to integrate experiences from multiple individuals into each other or a new persona? A massive group mind persona?
Our society would become considerably different from what it is now. Would there be those who refused to upload? How would the uploads treat the physical humans and vice versa?
Immortality of memory and experience would result. Would this be bearable? Or would we have to periodically edit down our minds, or allow us to selectively forget things? Can a digital brain become too smart for it's own good?
How would a design based on human evolution work in a electronic computer network? Would it require a significant re-design? And would that in of itself endanger positive qualities of humanity, love, compassion, empathy, generosity, altruism, creativity, the quest and struggle to know and understand?
So many questions arise from the new potential of these abilities and post-human digital computational beings.
Their is a new movie out call "Moon" which I recommend watching before it leaves the theater. Some critics think it is too slow with not enough action, but what do they know about good science fiction with a real story.
Admittedly Moon is all those things, as well as lonely. However, I found myself thinking about the movie days after watching. For me that means I really liked it.
I won't tell you what happens, since there are enough reviews out there to tell you that, but if you like thinking science fiction, just watch it. I would say this is similar to other psychological science fiction such as "Solaris". So if you liked that one, you'll probably like "Moon".
Outer Space can be a lonely place, even the dark side of the moon, when you only have yourself and a robot as company.
I'm back with the answer! You may ask what is the question?
Well, the question is my fellow human, How does humanity survive long enough to go to the stars?
Advanced Civilizations can function within limited resources for exponential growth. The Fermi Paradox makes one other assumption which may not be true. This assumption is that humans as they expand will consume more resources. What if they could expand without consuming so many resources, as well as travel outward among the stars in a virtual way?
Hypothetical "science" fiction like proposal would be to digitize humanity (we already are going in that direction) upload our consciousness and physical bodies into cyberspace, hence Second Life, social networks, digital broadcasts, genome project, group intelligence through Internet.
Then afterward, expand outward and only instantiate a physical presence when necessary, mostly using robot remotes, shielding for our digital environs and expand outward to the stars. Populate a planet only when it has advantages for survival and move onward, eventually maybe mastering instantaneous travel through high energy wormhole physics, if possible. Unless this takes us to alternate realities, which we are always selecting in the now through our very actions (if you ready on in the blog you'll get me).
Somewhat simple really, once we acquire the technology, whole races could travel on viral expanding "microstarships" to the stars, time dilation could be used to slow down the cpu cycles on the starship so that the perceived journey for consciousness would be short.
To fully pursue some new ideas and possibilities, I will need to suspend writing on this blog.
So, I really hope you enjoy all that I have already written and the videos here, its free for the reading and viewing to those who have a deep imagination and appreciation for science fiction. Ideas that might not be so far from this reality or another. This is my unique contribution to humanities survival, technological evolution and ultimate hopeful transcendence.
Drop me an email if you like what you find here, or meet me in Second Life or Viradu.com virtual reality space at a communicated designate time.
Star Trek 2009 is in a parallel universe, and owner Paramount pictures, and director J.J. Abrams are very pleased, I'm sure.
Before going into this review, I have to say I liked the movie (so a big thumbs up for sure!). I have no problems with the new cast, they are all very believable, but fortunately being a Trekkie of old variety, and watching the original show (with Kirk, Spock, Uhura) and my Dad at the "age of eight years" (the American television series ran three seasons from 1966 to 1969); a few things are really amiss.
I've made a list of them, one which you can add to as well, simply comment at the end of this blog.
If you know anything about the original series, you'll understand what follows, if you don't, then your a "New Trekkie", that is cool fan. Certainly someone who is younger than myself, and hey that's really OK! Because the Star Trek universe created originally by Gene Roddenberry is all about a positive universe, with a positive outlook. Hence the good guy always wins.
Although, I have to admit being a little confused about the destruction of planet Vulcan, unless you plan on bringing it back?! Some cool scenes there. The rest of the movie is quick editing I've come to expect from Hollywood. But what is up with that "shinny new multi-color glint" I see in a lot of shots, nice but over-done. Some what like I was starring into the red-eye-laser of Locutus of Borg.
Everyone is included, even Winona Ryder is Spock's mom in this movie. This includes supposedly a new bad Romulan named Nero (after the failed Roman emperor, I'm sure) from a parallel original "Prime Spock" universe (as I notice in the closing credits Leonard Nimoy). Real nice touch.
So that you know I'm a fan of Time Travel, my favorite time travel episode is ?The City on The Edge of Forever?. But I have to ask, what the hell is ?Red Matter?!
And how, does that really create a black hole singularity? Inquiring physicists would like know, I'm really sure about that . . . But then I think it's just a movie, another one in fact in the Star Trek Franchise.
Differences between "Original Star Trek Universe" and "New (start) Star Trek 2009 Universe":
Planet Vulcan never destroyed.
Spocks Human Mother never dies on screen, or in series.
New Fact: Spock programming Kobayashi Maru test.
Uhura never had a thing for Spock, that was Nurse Chapel (Bones's original medical assistant).
If anything, she kissed Kirk, not Spock! (often referred to as the first interracial kiss on US television) There is that parallel universe again . . .
Precognition: Informational Time Travel? Or Self Selecting Alternate Realities in a Massively Parallel Universe
According to some physicists time travel is presently impossible because we don't have mathematics that actually describe or predict that possibility.
Others say that it would take too much energy which we can't produce, understand, and control right now.
So what if physical body time travel was prohibitive, but informational time travel was more feasible or possible? Sending particles back in time, or back to nearly identical parallel universes might be possible with future energy physics? Or maybe it occurs naturally right now at a quantum level? Who or what might receive them?
Well maybe the answer might be time machines for receiving future information might exist already naturally in nature, maybe inside our own brains. Sure, why not? Evolution might even find a way to use it.
What if precognition in some individuals is really information leaking backward from a future parallel universe. I mean if you take away the separation of events "in" time, you have everything, past, present, future, happening simultaneously in the same space.
Space-time becomes space and time with the overlapping possibilities. Now add other dimensional realities, bi-bifurcations of multiple possibilities in the same space.
So time gives meaning to events and possibilities, even across nearly identical realities.
Without time, everything is "now", a special kind of now. A now that never moves forward, but that is whole and complete in all of it's potentialities (possibilities). Some of us, might be better suited naturally to tuning in on that "infinite potential now".
Just a radical thought . . . if you became good enough at sensitive receiving or "guessing the possible future", could you then select out various realities from the "now"? Or is that just the definition of non-scientific superstition? Or superposition now? And hence, everything I just supposed is nonsense?
Suppose you had decided to watch the video first. Or have popup blockers enabled on your browser. Or didn't notice the link. Would you be in a different universe than the same nearly identical you who had not? What would be the impact on you, on others, because of that simple 3:09 minute difference in time? And what is the other you thinking right now?!
P.S. It seems as we progress in our understanding of physics and the universe, what I have supposed is not entirely possible, but then the universe is stranger than we can suppose and mysteries continue to bloom and as we get answers to some questions, new questions are born in the mind! Updated: May 2014.
Well I got them! Yes, Sweet Swing!!! Tickets to the premier night of the new Star Trek movie, on May the 8th. So hold on tight for a review (possibly vlog, video log) to follow immediately after viewing...
A Star Trek friend of mine, I won't use the term Trekkie, but that's especially what we are, asked why I felt qualified to review the movie.
At first I took slight offense, but now I think he's right. (Surprised?) Just what qualifications do I really have beyond writing a Science Fiction Blog with science fiction short stories, and building a Science Fiction Virtual World (Viradu.com - with a Gene Roddenberry region) like a holodeck, of reviewing the new Star Trek movie?
Well, ah . . . . let me think. I use to watch the original show with my dad the first season at the age of 8 years old, and every re-run there after. All the other television series, all the Trek movies, and I once have to admit to going to an actual science fiction convention, but that was for "Doctor Who" in college. I'm not sure that actually counts?!
Well I guess that makes me maybe less qualified than some of the people without a life out there, but more qualified than others who just have a poser Trekkie life like myself. Yeah, I'm talking to you my fellow Trekkie who has read this far!
Live long and prosper... I can't wait till the movie! Until then, here is a link to an earlier blog post about how a Star Trek Warp Drive might actually work in this reality ===>
I'm back from my break... and here is a nice Youtube Video Mashup of Hollywood Science Fiction, Meta-physics, and Scientific Technological Philosophy ranging from the "Becoming Global Internet Mind" to "Informational Time Travel" -Enjoy.
This video speaks for itself . . . imagine nano-robotic ants! Swarms of them.
John is sitting eating in a burger joint off the highway to Las Vegas. ?You mind sharing this booth?? asks the stranger. John looks up and replies, ?Sure, no problem all the others are crowded. My name is John Truman.? Mathew reaches out to shake his hand and says, ?Nice to meet you John, Mathew Sherman.?
They both begin to eat, remaining silent for a while? Noise from the other restaurant patrons washes over them.
John asks, ?So, if I were to guess, I?d have to say you looked like a screenwriter.?
Mathew says, ?No, you wouldn?t believe me, but let?s talk about you instead. What do you do??
John answers, ?Your right, I?m a writer. Now be fair, what do you do??, he said with a phaned mild anoyment. (Phaned: a word defined in John's parallel world as a faking emotion observably false in an attempt at mild sarcasim).
Mathew says, ?I am a time traveling historian, from two-million years in your future, sixteen of your possible sim-futures.?
John laughs and says, ?Okay, I?ll play? I?m probably about the only person in the world who would take you seriously. You see, I?m a science fiction writer.?
Mathew says seriously, ?I know, that?s why we contacted you. The others, the hard scientists of your time won?t listen to us, as for the psychiatrists, and psychologists, most definitely not in this time frame. The resulting conclusion of their combined analysis would probably make them, how do you say it? Looney tunes.?
John asks, ?Well you?ll still have to convince me. So, if you?re telling me the truth? Where is your time machine? Can I see it??
Mathew answers, ?Yes you can, but it?s not what you expect. Its right inside here,? He points to his temple with his index finger.
John says, ?Oh, I see? one of those.? Phanning crazy, with his facial expression.
Mathew replies, ?Yes, you can assume I?m insane. But, I?m just communicating to you through this man?s body. For a short period of time, I can do this, without his knowing it. When I leave and his mind consciousness re-awakens, this memory will seem like a daydream to him.?
John says sarcastically, ?Okay? I see your Schizophrenic. I?ll play only a little longer. How can you do this? I know a little science, convince me.?
Mathew explains, ?Well you see inside this brain, your brain, all of our brains we can receive quantum information from the quantum foam. It allows you to be conscious. You see your mind is thinking across all parallel universes right now, all variations of yourself within the metaverse-multiverse.?
John interrupts, replying, ?So that?s how you?re able to talk to me now. You took over the mind of someone else??
Mathew smiles and says, ?Yes. I knew you would understand. You don?t have to pull the lever on a physical time machine to travel. Really anyone can do it. We are all already perceiving and traveling forward through time at this moment.
The capability is there inside your own mind, along with some tricky technologies needed to enhance your natural suppressed time travel abilities. We have and advanced form of selective precognition. You just have to be open to all possibilities, believe you can, and the quantum information flows through, allowing you to colapse a potential time future in this very moment. Wahlah! Reality is made . . .
Now imagine that very capability enhanced a thousand times.
It?s really that simple, but hard for people in your time to do. We do it in the future with our group mind consciousness, but there is nothing that limits the power of a single mind from doing it as well.
Unfortunately, in this time, your minds are more confining. Your understanding of physics and what's possible, is still self-limiting. That?s why we had to contact you directly. You see John, thoughts can become reality, even thoughts from your futures.?
John smiles, and asks ?Are you human or alien??
Mathew answers, ?Both, but human enough to comprehend, I have lived several of your human simulated lives. My alien name is Dr. Xanoplatu. You are an adolescent species searching for your own identity. You understand your species origins, but somehow have trouble believing in it. Most of all you fear individual death.?
John paused. Then asks, ?If what you?re telling me is true, the future is already set for you, I?m not really getting it.?
Mathew replies, ?It?s hard to use your time?s words. You see time is like a tree, with branches growing into the future, where two branches separate, a decision was made, or your Einstein might call it an observation. One possible set of futures branches one way. Another possible set grows out of the other branch. It?s deterministic in this one reality, but in theory free will exists across all the parallel bubble universes.?
John asks, ?So why are you telling me this??
Mathew answers, ?Variations of me exist in most all future branches. That?s really rare, and that?s why I?m allowed to speak to you. To help you understand. You see, those that are still basically human in the future have great compassion. They want to help reduce the suffering. I?m here on their behalf to try and influence things.?
John says, ?Okay, so prove it. I?ll bet you can?t! I won?t believe you until you prove it to me.?
Mathew says, ?I can, but it will probably upset you.? John says, ?Go ahead. Give me a try.? Mathew says, ?Okay, you asked for it. But I'm only allowed to do this once.?
Just then 26 people in the burger joint, babies, children, adults and all, stop talking, playing and crying, turned and look at John and Mathew.
Then they all said in unison, ?Yes, it is true John.? T hen they all turned and went back to whatever they were doing, as if nothing had happened.
There is a long pause from John as he looks at Mathew incredibly, more serious now, with more than a little fear in his eyes.
?What just happened? Was that real?? asked John, shaken and doubting what he saw.
?You?re having trouble accepting reality, because it is inconsistent with your present beliefs. So therefore you doubt what just happened. Having no easy way of reconciling it. It is only through a shared reality that you can accept something as real,? explained Mathew.
?No, you must have drugged me? or maybe this is a big hoax. These people work for you,? said John, grasping for an explanation.
?Of course that?s a possibility, but if you really choose to believe those explanations so that you can retain your hold on sanity, then I suggest we end this conversation now, at least for your sake.? says Mathew.
?No. No, I can go on? give me a moment.? explained John, centering himself with a deep breath.
?I know, it?s hard to believe. That?s why I?m here to explain John,? consoled Mathew.
John asks, ?Suppose I believe you. Why are you doing this? Telling me??
Mathew explains, ?A bifurcation event is approaching, a catastrophic event with branching of many possibilities, that will change everything afterward. It?s much like clustering in a mathematical fractal.?
John asks, ?What is this event??
Mathew says, ?I?m sorry to say I can?t tell you exactly what the event is, but I can tell it is proceeded by all of the Internet going down in the later half of February. There are a hundred different scenarios, and I'm sorry to say none of them are really good John.?
John asks, ?Is there any way to prevent it from happening??
?Maybe, but then you would vanish from existence, or at least I would, essentially repercussions of the same thing. An unrecognizable observation which does not, can not exist, a miracle in this universe.? explained Mathew.
?So what can I do?? John asks.
?You just need to keep your mind open to all possibilities, try to be as non-deterministic as possible, until we next meet,? said Mathew.
The most amazing thing was John the science fiction writer did everything he could to forget that the late February date was approaching. He was in complete denial about what had happened. Besides, who would believe him anyway, the guy was just some harmless crazy whom he had shared a booth with at a burger joint. He probably just slipped some drug or something into my drink.
Alien time-traveler historian indeed, I don't believe a word of it!