This post was originally published by Ada G Idell at Medium [AI]
A stream of conscious writing about a question that I’ve been pondering: Is it possible to upload a human brain, and what could happen if we did?
A stream of conscious writing about a question that I’ve been pondering:
Is it possible to upload a human brain, and what could happen if we did?
This is a question I have been pondering a lot lately. I’m not trying to discredit anyone’s beliefs, but rather discuss the possibilities of such a thing. I’m not expecting an answer to this question, but rather hoping to have a discussion about it. I am simply discussing a topic that I find interesting and vaguely terrifying. I would like to begin by talking about what it means to “upload a human brain.”
The idea of uploading a human brain is not a new one, and has been discussed many times. There are many variations on how this process would work, but the most popular one is as follows. We would take a living brain and scan it into a computer, creating a digital image of it. The image would then be uploaded into a computer, and the brain would be fully simulated in a virtual environment. If the simulation was accurate enough, it would act exactly like the brain that was scanned. In this case, the physical brain would be destroyed.
Another possibility is that the digital brain would exist simultaneously with the physical brain. If this were the case, then the physical brain would continue to live. However, the digital brain would be able to interact with the physical brain, as though it were an additional brain. There are many more concepts as well, but I believe these are the main ones. For the purpose of this discussion, I will be using the first idea, that we will be scanning a living brain into a computer. There are many arguments as to why this is impossible.
One of the most prominent arguments is that the information in a brain is not digital, and therefore cannot be scanned into a computer. I would like to discuss the validity of this argument. The information in a brain is stored both anatomically and chemically. I will be focusing on the chemical aspect of it, as the anatomical aspect of it is a whole new can of worms.
The brain is made up of many cells, called neurons. These neurons contain many molecules that create electrical signals that are sent to other neurons. When the membrane of a neuron is stimulated, it creates a chemical called a neurotransmitter. The neurotransmitter then travels across the gap between neurons, called the synapse, and attaches to the membrane of another neuron, which causes a new electrical signal to be sent. This process is what creates consciousness. In order for a person to be conscious, these neurons and their synapses must be functioning properly. Each neuron has a specific function, and when the neurons are all working in harmony, they create the complexities of our consciousness.
If there is any malfunction in this process, then the brain will not work properly. For example, if the neurotransmitters do not work, or if they are released too quickly, then the information would be corrupted, and the brain would not work properly. This is not to say that the brain is simply a bunch of neurons and synapses. The neurons need to be organized into a complex network in order to work properly. The brain is an incredibly complex organ, but the neurons and synapses are all that is needed to create a brain.
We can use the synapses in the brain to store information. We can place the information in the synapses, and then stimulate the synapses, which will release the neurotransmitters and cause the cells to fire. This will cause the new information to be stored in the brain. This process is called synaptic plasticity. It is basically a way for the brain to store information. The synapses in the brain can be altered by this process, and thus they can store information.
The information of the brain is not stored digitally, but it is stored in a way that can be interpreted digitally, similar to the way that a computer stores information. Information in a computer is stored in a series of zeros and ones, which are then interpreted by the computer. Information in a brain is stored in a series of chemical molecules, which are then interpreted by the brain.
This is similar to a language. Language is not stored digitally, but it is stored in a way that can be interpreted digitally. For example, the word “apple” in English is made up of many of the same letters. The word would not be interpreted correctly if there was a misspelling in the word. The letters are not digital, but they are stored in a way that is interpreted digitally.
It is possible to scan a brain into a computer. The information in the brain is stored in a way that can be interpreted digitally, and thus can be scanned into a computer. The information can be stored in a computer, and be manipulated digitally.
To the idea that the information in a brain is not digital, and thus cannot be scanned into a computer: this is not a completely invalid argument. For example, the alphabet is not digital, but it can be scanned into a computer. However, this is not quite the same thing as scanning the brain into a computer. When we scan the brain into a computer, we will need to be able to scan the information in the neurons in the brain. We will need to be able to scan the molecules in the synapses. This is infinitely more difficult than scanning the letters of the alphabet into a computer.
The neurons in the brain are connected to other neurons, and they are placed in an organized network.
Neurons are much more complex than letters. Letters are not connected to other letters, and they are not organized in a complex network. The idea of scanning the brain into a computer is an interesting one, but it is not quite the same thing as scanning the information in a brain. It is possible to scan the information in the brain, but it will be much more difficult than simply scanning the brain. It is quite possible that we will be able to scan the information in the brain. It is quite possible that we will be able to scan the information in the brain into a computer.
However, there are many questions that would need to be answered before we can begin such a process. What will the brain be able to do in the computer? What will the computer be able to do with the brain? It seems that there would be major limitations to the brain, and there would be major limitations to the computer.
For all of these reasons, we need to figure out what the point of scanning the brain is, and what the end goal would be. Would it be salient, simulated consciousness? Would it be for medical purposes, to reveal the underlying patterns of the brain? Would it simply be a sheer sign of human ability?
This post was originally published by Ada G Idell at Medium [AI]