Are We Building Artificial Brains And Uploading Minds To The Cloud Right Now?

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Check out this video from David Cox, Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Computer Science at Harvard. He explains how his lab is working with others to reverse engineer how brains learn, starting with rats. The fast-advancing fields of neuroscience and computer science are on a collision course. By shedding light on what our machine learning algorithms are currently missing, this work promises to improve the capabilities of robots – with implications for jobs, laws, and ethics. Then let’s discuss it…

When people post their emotional responses to social media and through their free email account(s), they are loading their human personal emotional responses, judgments, and biases into a large computer and cloud database?  Everything we post and respond to is data somewhere. The truth is, hundreds of millions of people around the planet do this every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most people are more than happy to tell hundreds or even thousands of people that don’t even know, how they think, what they are thinking about, how their feeling, what they are pissed off about and how their day went at work, their personal life and more. The social groups that most people have always been dependent upon and use to validate their existence and popularity are now electronic pictures and text behind a screen attached to manipulative artificial intelligent bots or people they don’t even personally know. Just about everyone’s life has become their own personal news on their own news networks or a reality drama series.

What do you think about this and why is it happening?

If you would have told people in 1995 that hundreds of millions of people would be happy to  input their private emotions, biases, judgements, likes and dislikes and their personal and family pictures into a computer for hundreds or thousands of people to view, people they don’t even know, they would have said, “it will never happen.”

Most people have no problem emotionally feeding the ghost in the machine or cloud.

According to Professor Cox, “Our language follows our technology and we carry around computers in our pockets and we slavishly look at them all the time. Computers are the lens in which we see our brains.” Perhaps, the computer or mobile lens is becoming an important extension of our own mind as we become more and more like machines? What do you think?

Merriam-Webster defines an algorithm as:

A procedure for solving a mathematical problem (as of finding the greatest common divisor) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation; broadly: a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer

Wouldn’t a human algorithm be a procedure or method for solving simulation data (as of finding the greatest common emotional environmental and cultural divisor based upon past data) in a finite number of steps that frequently involves repetition of an operation; broadly: a step-by-step procedure for solving or dealing with a problem or accomplishing some end within the human simulation?

It seems that humanity is so at ease with computers and technology because they are quickly becoming more than a tool but an extension of who and what we are progressing towards in the future. What are your thoughts on this?

Take away someone’s smartphone, especially a child’s. Don’t log into your social media, in fact, destroy all your social media.  Disconnect… How hard would it be? Doesn’t it feel like it’s a part of who and what you are? What’s really amazing is that this transition and dependence upon machines has taken less than fifteen years to accomplish.

This video made me think that human testing is already happening through the Internet and people, like the rats, are unknowingly participating in this Neuroscience Computer Science experiment.

What do you think and how do you feel about this? Do you think I’m way off from what I’m getting from this video? Why? If I’m not, is this a good thing or a bad thing? It does seem like we are building more and more of a dependence on our computers and technology. It seems like this dependence will only get stronger as computers, the Internet, artificial intelligence and social media continue to get faster and evolve

Dr. Lilly wrote an amazing book that I read years ago called, “Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments”. It’s about what he calls self-metaprogramming, the idea that your brain works like a computer hard drive and its internal software is unconsciously looping and running a pattern of environmental, cultural, emotional based programming 24/7.

This book is highly technical and not an easy read but if you take your time with it and really try and understand what he’s saying, it seems to in some way expand your mind and thinking.

Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments by Dr. John C. Lilly

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