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    Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

    Brain downloads 'possible by 2050'
    Monday, May 23, 2005 Posted: 10:06 AM EDT (1406 GMT)


    London, England -- By the middle of the 21st century it will be possible to download your brain to a supercomputer, according to a leading thinker on the future.

    Ian Pearson, head of British Telecom's futurology unit, told the UK's Observer newspaper that the rapid advances in computing power would make cyber-immortality a reality within 50 years.

    Pearson said the launch last week of Sony's PlayStation 3, a machine 35 times more powerful than the model it replaced, was a sign of things to come.

    "The new PlayStation is one percent as powerful as the human brain," Pearson told the Observer. "It is into supercomputer status compared to 10 years ago. PlayStation 5 will probably be as powerful as the human brain."

    Pearson said that brain-downloading technology would initially be the preserve of the rich, but would become more available over subsequent decades.

    "If you're rich enough then by 2050 it's feasible. If you're poor you'll probably have to wait until 2075 or 2080 when it's routine," he said.

    "We are very serious about it. That's how fast this technology is moving: 45 years is a hell of a long time in IT."

    Pearson also predicted that it would be possible to build a fully conscious computer with superhuman levels of intelligence as early as 2020.

    IBM's BlueGene computer can already perform 70.72 trillion calculations a second and Pearson said the next computing goal was to replicate consciousness.

    "We're already looking at how you might structure a computer that could become conscious. Consciousness is just another sense, effectively, and that's what we're trying to design in computer."

    Pearson said that computer consciousness would make feasible a whole new sphere of emotional machines, such as airplanes that are afraid of crashing.

    By 2020 Pearson also predicted the creation of a "virtual world" of immersive computer-generated environments in which we will spend increasing amounts of time, socializing and doing business.

    He said: "When technology gives you a life-size 3D image and the links to your nervous system allow you to shake hands, it's like being in the other person's office. It's impossible to believe that won't be the normal way of communicating."

    But Pearson admitted that the consequences of advancing technologies needed to be considered carefully.

    "You need a complete global debate," he said. "Whether we should be building machines as smart as people is a really big one."

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    #2
    Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

    Why would anyone want to download their brain to a supercomputer?

    Hmmm...

    Suppose in 2060 one could "google" AAG....?

    LOL...

    Probobly AAG" super-computerfied brain would spout the same ole... same ole...

    b.s....

    balogana sausage...

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      #3
      Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

      futurology unit..yeah right!
      "A woman has got to be able to say, and not feel guilty, 'Who am I, and what do I want out of life?' She mustn't feel selfish and neurotic if she wants goals of her own, outside of husband and children"

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        #4
        Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

        Geez, for some guppies, the download time could be remarkably quick.....
        Boycott Venezuelas State owned Citgo.

        Buy Royal Dutch Shell gasoline!

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          #5
          Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

          Brain is all about light and waves... if we were able to find the frequency at which brain gives orders, and if we can find the memory structure within brain, that day we will be able to order from outside of brain and can store anything in brain!

          Dr. Dada Abbaa Khan Sahib, Karachvi (PhD from Oxford, USA)
          Rastay kay musafir, beech rah main mil kar yooN apni anjani manzil ki taraf rawaN hojatay haiN, yeh safar yooN beech rah main kabhi khatam nahi hosakta jab donoN ki simt hi juda ho... aur diloN ki raah aik ho...

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            #6
            Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

            the guy is sprouting BS. from a computational power perspective (if operations per second is the measure), current computers massively outstrip the human brain, by a huge margin, and have done so for quite a while now. while operations per second have gone exponentially higher and its reasonable to suppose they'll continue to do so, we're nowhere near close to understanding how to begin representing, let alone replicating the brain, even with all those operations per second at our disposal.
            Din-e-Mullah fee sabeelillah fasad (Allama Iqbal)

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              #7
              Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

              ^ not in relation to volume

              At the most basic level, our brains operate on the concept of positively and negatively charged chemical signals, which is very similar to the binary computer language of 0s and 1s.

              It's certainly theoreotically possible that, at some future point in time, the human brain will be able to interface with a computer at this basic level. Things would improve from there, possibly to the point where memories could be backed up to a hard drive of some sort.

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                #8
                Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

                I think it could become possible to read brain and 'download' it to some other easily accessible media, "emtional feelings" still a big challenge.

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                  #9
                  Re: Brain Downloads 'possible by 2050'

                  Originally posted by Stu
                  ^ not in relation to volume

                  At the most basic level, our brains operate on the concept of positively and negatively charged chemical signals, which is very similar to the binary computer language of 0s and 1s.

                  It's certainly theoreotically possible that, at some future point in time, the human brain will be able to interface with a computer at this basic level. Things would improve from there, possibly to the point where memories could be backed up to a hard drive of some sort.
                  see that isnt a computer science technological limitation, the bounding element there is that we have no idea how and where memories are represented, multiple conflicting theories, yes, and only patches of information about specific things being represented in specific areas etc. so the limiting technology is our knowledge of the brain. to suggest that improvements in computational technology indicate an ability to replicate the mind when the problem isnt one of computational technology is just marketing bs because they've run out of ideas that would tickle their primary markets buying bone.
                  Din-e-Mullah fee sabeelillah fasad (Allama Iqbal)

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