The colorful wolf

July 16, 2010

Saving the world

Filed under: Tech,Thoughts — randy @ 1:08

I had a nice talk with my sister tonight, about motivations and goals. She explained what she’s planning to do with her life, and I completely understood her reasons and motivations. Then I tried to explain to her why I was so interested in cognitive science, but found it difficult to word it any other way than this: Cognitive Science can save the world, and I want to be a part of it.

I believe that eventually it will be possible to digitize the human brain. This will lead to matrix-like virtual environments where we will be able to do whatever we please. No more limit on real-world resources. When humans are digitized there will be no more hunger, no more shortage of anything. No biological body will be needed, and everybody can live forever, if they choose to. Think of all the problems that would no longer exist if we lived in a digital world. No more death, famine, disease. There might still be war, but since it’s virtual no one will actually die or be hurt. It’s the ultimate solution to every possible problem this world has right now. And I believe that it’s within reach. I believe that thanks to scientific advances we will be able to create an exact digital copy of the human brain before this century is over. That’s only the first step, but it’s enough to make (certain) people from this era immortal. Obviously I am hoping to be one of them 😛 I’m not expecting cognitive science to save the world, but I think it’s a good first step, and a chance to meet people with the knowledge and the ideas to change the world for the better, and on a grand scale.

In my own life I consider myself to be mostly a nihilist, but I guess there’s still some idealism left in me. I wonder how that’ll change in the future.



  1. Hi,

    You say digital but really, that will never sell. I think qubital (?) stands a chance at holding up a human intellect without forcing it into pure logical modes (1s and 0s). Then that is so blisteringly new (quantum computing) it changes the scope of things — ie: how much will processor time cost the uploaded intellect when ‘time to think’ is in demand?

    Food for thought, get it while it’s free!

    Comment by CJW — July 16, 2010 @ 14:43 | Reply

  2. Nice comment. I didn’t want to go too far into implementation details here, just wanted to distinguish between the real world and a world where all that we can do is only limited by processor time. TBH I think it would even be possible with pure logical modes, just slower.

    Comment by rheide — July 16, 2010 @ 15:11 | Reply

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