Re: Ken MacLeod on AI and uploads

From: Michael Wilson (
Date: Sat Apr 03 2004 - 09:33:30 MST

Dani Elder wrote;
> Imagine that you live a good portion of your life in a 'VR suit'...
> ...It is immaterial whether you actually walk around wearing this
> suit, like a suit of armor, or whether you are stationary and a
> suitable robot does the walking around for you. Now imagine further
> that the VR suit (or some suitable equipment off to the side) has
> a multiple of human processing capacity, so that it not only takes
> in all the sensory inputs you get, in parallel, but models your
> outputs and attempts to match them.
This scenario was covered in some depth by the chapters 'Where Am I?'
and 'Where Was I?' in the Hofstadter and Dennet book 'The Mind's I'.
 * Michael Wilson
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 criteria behind survival.' - Douglas Hofstadter, 'Metamagical Themas'

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