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Humanity's EndWhy We Should Reject Radical Enhancement$
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Nicholas Agar

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014625

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014625.001.0001

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Is Uploading Ourselves into Machines a Good Bet?

Is Uploading Ourselves into Machines a Good Bet?

(p.57) 4 Is Uploading Ourselves into Machines a Good Bet?
Humanity's End

Nicholas Agar

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a challenge to Kurzweil’s predictions about the destiny of the human mind. It argues that it is unlikely ever to be rational for human beings to completely upload their minds onto computers—a fact which will be understood by those presented with the option of doing so. Although it is likely to be found desirable to replace peripheral parts of our minds, going all the way should not be an option. A justified fear of uploading will make it irrational to accept offers to replace the parts of our brains responsible for thought processes that we consider essential to our conscious experience, even if the replacements manifestly outperform neurons.

Keywords:   destiny, human mind, upload, computers, justified fear, thought processes, conscious experience, neurons, biological conservatism

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