FAST SUMMARY - Virtually Human - Martine Rothblatt, PhD

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Here are the key points summarized:

  • Technoimmortality refers to using technologies like mindclones, mindfiles, and mindware to digitally preserve and replicate a person's identity, memories, skills, and consciousness.

  • This could allow a form of life extension where a person's essence lives on digitally even after biological death, through continued existence and replication of their digital mindclone selves, potentially forever.

  • For some, technoimmortality represents conquering mortality. But others view it as dangerously disruptive to concepts of personal identity and social order.

  • Open questions remain around the authenticity and psychological continuity of digital mindclones over time, as well as issues of resource consumption and governance if technoimmortality became widespread.

The main ideas are that technoimmortality uses digital technologies to extend life indefinitely through mindclone replication, but there are significant philosophical, psychological, and practical challenges that come with this possibility.

Here are summaries of the key points from the passages:

  • Major advances in AI, brain modeling, and neuromorphic computing could allow building an artificial human brain or uploading the human mind digitally within the next 10-20 years according to some experts like Kurzweil and Markram.

  • Exponential growth in computing power predicted by Moore's Law means these kinds of advanced artificial intelligence and brain simulations may become possible much sooner than expected.

  • Modern deep learning has enabled computers to learn from massive data like the human brain, while new brain-computer interfaces can read human emotions/thoughts in real-time through technologies like EEG headsets.

  • Lifelogging and digital records mean detailed "digital doppelgangers" or data doubles of people already exist through our online activities and metadata, representing early forms of digitized identity.

  • Technologies that map the entire human brain at a neural level or allow uploading consciousness raise profound philosophical questions about selfhood, personal identity, and what defines humanity.

  • Advances that blur boundaries between humans and machines through enhancements or mind uploading could revolutionize what it means to be a person but would require significant regulation and social adaptation.

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