Re: [[nanotech] Digest Number 482]
Chris Phoenix wrote: I've *never*
understood why cyborgs are supposed to go insane. We don't need tocyborgs be us... the answer to your question of why cyborgs alwas go insane, has nothing to do with science.... your question more is more correctly phrased "Why do the fictional representations of cyborgs always go insane?"
worry about the consequences of cyborgs--we've had cyborgs for decades.
The answer is; because writers need villians. They cant use Jews or Chinese or Blacks any more, so they have to invent a class of horrifying aliens... partially human for maximum horror... Stupid, but they are writers, not scientists... I suspect that eventually the National Association of Cyborgs will force the writers to pick on some other class of horrible monsters.
Your question is like the puzzle "Why do movie cowboys break out the windows before they shoot through?".. the answer; "They don't have bullets in their guns."... frame of reference is everything.....;-)... wish
- I don't think transhumanist issues are appropriate for a technical (well,
it should be a technical) list.
On Fri, 6 Jul 2001, J. R. Molloy wrote:
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> Michael Korns coined the tern 'inloading' at Extro5 for the approach of
> adding artificial neurons to live humans to upgrade them. He sees inloading
> as a more likely, and preferable path to human super-intelligence. It is
> incremental, and less shocking than uploading - and will probably also be
> easier to achieve.
> Inloading involves gradually adding silicon/ nanotube/ quantum?! (or
> whatever) artificial neurons & connection to our brains, together will some
> technology to transmit all relevant information to an external computer for
> backup. Eventually, artificial neurons would vastly outnumber original ones.
> I don't actually buy into this scenario for a number of reasons, some of
> which are here: http://www.optimal.org/peter/hyperintelligence.htm
> But I like the meme: inloading - less threatening than uploading. 'Simply'
> the enhancement of brain function, but ultimately the same result
> www.optimal.org - Any and all feedback welcome: peter@...
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