Podcast No. 48 Posted 6/06/2011
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TITLE: Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem 3.6-3.6.6
SUB TITLE: Organizing and maturing your cyberself.
SUMMARY: This week we will look at how dotcom is an early neural pathway in an immortalizable consciousness. We’ll also talk about opening yourself to introspection on the web and tracking your Way of Terasem progress by completing your motivations, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values inventories online. We will also explore the ideas of organizing your cyberself for independence and maturing your cyberself until it passes Turing.
Music – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.
(Fred) Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 48 on the Truths of Terasem. This week we’re going to talk about where the ‘yellow brick road’ to joyful immorality begins, and in fact it begins right here, in cyberspace, where in the end, as a starting point, we’re all very likely to be ‘born’ as if we were infants that remember what we are now as embryos that have finally ‘hatched’, cracked our ways out of the eggs in which we’ve been trapped as biological humans since we were hurled into this ‘bioquagmire’ as virtually ‘mindless’ lumps of flesh.
(Linda) Wow! That’s a pretty strong way to put it. Does it make sense to characterize a human baby as a ‘mindless lump of flesh’?
(Fred) It will get a ‘mind’ soon enough, even if it’s blind and deaf, like Helen Keller, but at the moment of birth, it’s so far beneath any adult, self respecting chimpanzee that all we’re looking at is potential, not a “being-ness” of any kind that can be attributed to as “conscious” by the standards Terasem has placed on that word. You know, like a refined sense of empathy and a grasp of positive ethics!
(Linda) I get it, all right, but a lot of people are really desperately happy in love with their babies, from the moment they come out of the womb! Doesn’t that count for something!
(Fred) It does! It means literally ‘everything’, as far as the future of that child is concerned. If you placed that infant in a playpen surrounded by food and just watched, to see what would happen, it would die. Plain and simple. It might become an Einstein, or a Mozart, or a Carl Sagan, with the right parent, but without human society, its future would be more hopeless than a baby turtle crawling out of its shell. That baby turtle, for whatever else it may lack, ‘knows’ that it has to get to the sea before it is eaten by birds, and then it knows how to find food, survive in the sea, grow and mate, and even find its way back to the same beach on which it was born, as it matures, to lay eggs, if it’s a female. In that sense, it’s so far ahead of a human infant from the standpoint of survival as to be literally a ‘night and day’ difference.
(Linda) OK, point made. So, let’s get started. 3.6 leads off with “Websites with ‘terasem’ and dotcom, net or org are early places to meet Terasem in cyberspace.” We’ve even got one like that for the Truths of Terasem podcasts. It’s “truthsofterasem.wordpress.com” Terasem is a little bit buried in the first part, but it’s certainly got the ‘com’ part, and, it’s a very recent emergence among all those bigger websites like those that lead to mindfile building opportunities such as CyBeRev and LifeNaut, as well as the Terasem Journals, and so on, and so on.
(Fred) Right! And each has many, many links leading off from it, too. Like a cave, you have to know where the entrance is, but once you get inside, there’s one ‘big room’ after ‘another’, until you get to the point where you’re not just following huge hallways in limestone with streams in them, but you’re climbing a ladder to the stars.
(Linda) You got me on that one! You know I love caves. I can’t see a dark shadow under a rock above the road without screaming “Stop! Get the lights! It’s a cave!” (both of us laughing). OK, moving on, 3.6.1 says, “Dotcom is an early neural pathway in an immortalizable consciousness.” To me, that says, “Wake up and smell the links! To Wikipedia, to Google, to those giant hallways that already have so many side passageways beckoning that you could get lost in there and never come out. Especially Second Life. I remember the day I found it and whizzed off a piece of email to where you were working at the Phoenix Airport saying, “Virtual Reality has Arrived”. And, it’s now an amazing growth situation.
(Fred) It sure is. The other day, KurzweilAI.net pointed out the new book “Infinite Reality”, and I downloaded it into Kindle an hour later. In the first chapter, authors Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson tell us:
“The Vice President of Digital Convergence at IBM–that they have one is notable–predicted that all of their employees will have avatars within five years. Some projections are that 80 percent of active Internet users and Fortune 500 enterprises will have a Second Life presence in the not–too–distant future. If present Internet growth rates hold, the number of Internet users worldwide could triple in four years, as will their time spent online, with the largest growth occurring outside of the Western World.”
(Linda) Wow-zam! 3.6.2 says, “Open yourself to introspection on the web.” Introspection is ‘looking within yourself’, and it makes you do that, for sure. What you take in there is you mind, not your capacity to holler blindly and thrash about in the dark, so go armed. You’ll meet people in there who hold the principle that they refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an unarmed person. Walk softly and carry a high level of thought about everything you see, think and do.
(Fred) Next is 3.6.3, which tells you, “Track your Way of Terasem progress online.” You can look at your scoring in CyBeRev, but that’s just a starting point. Tell yourself, “This is my future home! More and more people are moving in, every day! Twenty years from now, we do expect that many of us will literally live there entirely, as far as our consciousnesses is concerned, but some are already almost there, already. Infinite reality points out that web users average three hours daily, and “in countries like South Korea, it’s much higher.”
(Linda) 3.6.4 – 3.6.6 can all be lumped together. I’m going to read all of them first, before discussing them.
3.6.4 Complete your motivations, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values inventories online.
3.6.5 Organize your cyberself for independence.
3.6.6 Mature your cyberself until it passes Turing.
No one can do more justice to discussing these issues than Martine Rothblatt herself, in her blog with discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware, at mindclones.blogspot.com. This particular quote is from Martine’s blog dated April 8, 2009 and titled, What is Mindware?
This is a long quote. So, let’s take turns, I’ll start, (Quote)
“Mindware is operating system software that (a) thinks and feels the way a human mind does, and (b) sets its thinking and feeling parameters to match those discernable from a mindfile. Mindware relies upon an underlying mindfile the way Microsoft Word relies upon a textfile. When appropriate parameters are set for mindware it becomes aware of itself and a cyberconscious entity is created.
“The richness of the cyberconscious entity’s thoughts and feelings are a function of its source mindfile. In the extreme case of no mindfile, the mindware thinks and feels as little as a newborn baby.
Mindware is a kind of operating system that can be saved into billions of unique states, or combinations of preferences, based upon the unique ways of thinking and feeling that are discernable from your mindfile. Dozens of personality types, traits and/or factors, and gradations amongst these, yield more unique combinations than there are living people. Similarly, dozens of alphabet letters and ways to arrange them can create more unique names than there are people on the planet.
“For example, people can be of several different personality orientations – introvert, extrovert, aggressive, nurturing and so on. Most psychologists say there are just five basic flavors or “factors”, but others say there are more. Nevertheless, virtually all agree on some finite, relatively small number of basic psychological forms taken to greater or lesser degrees by human minds. Multiplying out these possibilities would provide mindware with a vast number of different personality frameworks from which to choose a best fit – based upon a rigorous analysis of the person’s mindfiles — for grafting mannerisms, recollections and feelings onto.
(Fred) I’ll pick it up here. “To be a little quantitative, imagine mindware adopts the currently popular view that there are five basic personality traits, each of which remain quite stable in one’s adult life: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extrovertedness, Agreeability and Neuroticism. Literally thousands of English words have been associated with each of these five traits, but suppose for sake of example we say that each person would be scored by mindware only from -100 to +100 on each of these traits (from an analysis of their mindfile). For example, an individual who was definitely prone to impulsive decisions, but no more than average among millions of analyzed mindfiles, might be assigned a Neuroticism personality trait score of +50.
“The formula for the number of unique personality frameworks available to mindware, known as a “repeating combination”, would be ST, where S = the number of possible personality trait scores and T = the number of possible personality traits. For our example, ST = 2015 = 328,080,401,001. These 328 billion personality frameworks are enough to ensure personality uniqueness, which also means they are likely to ensure a very good fit for each person. The more sizes a pair of jeans comes in, the more likely it is that everyone will find a pair that fits them just right!
“The point here is not that there are precisely five personality traits, or exactly 201 discernable degrees of possessing each such trait. Instead, what is being shown is that a relatively easy problem for mindware to solve can result in a practically unlimited amount of individualized personality frameworks. Specifically, mapping the words, images and mannerisms from a lifetime mindfile into a matrix of personality trait buckets and associated positive or negative strengths for such bucket will produce more than enough unique personality templates to assure a very good fit to the original personality.
“Mindware works like a police sketch artist. They are trained to know that there are a limited number of basic forms the human face can take. Based upon inputs from eye witnesses (analogous to processing a mindfile) the artist first chooses a best fit basic facial form, and then proceeds to graft upon it unique details. Often there is an iterative, back-and-forth process of sketching and erasing as additional details from eyewitnesses refine an initial choice of basic facial form. In the same way mindware will be written to iteratively reevaluate its best-fit personality structure based upon additional details from continued analyses of a mindfile.” End quote
(Linda) Right. And Martine continues, “Mindware will have settings that instruct the duration of its iterative process. After much iteration the mindware will determine that an asymptotic limit has been reached. It will do this by running thousands of “mock” conversations with tentative versions of a replicated mind, and comparing these with actual conversations or conversational fragments from an original’s mindfile. The iterative process will end once the mind it has replicated from the mindfiles it has been fed has reached what is called “Turing-equivalence” with the original mind. This means that the test established by the early 20th century software pioneer Alan Turing has been satisfied. That test says that if it is not possible to tell whether a conversant is a computer or a person, then the computer is psychologically equivalent to a person. It would be as if the police sketch artist produced a drawing that was as good as a photograph.
“The rapid ferreting out of mindware settings from a mindfile has recently been made more feasible thanks to pattern recognition, voice recognition and video search software. It is now possible on Google Video to search videos by typing in desired words. Mindware will build upon this capability. It will analyze mindfile video for all words, phrases and indications of feeling. These will be placed into associational database arrays, best-matched to personality traits and strengths, and then used to best-fit a personality profile to the peculiar characteristics evidenced in the analyzed mindfile. Keep in mind we humans have just a half-dozen basic expressions, only a dozen or two emotions, a facial recognition limit in the low hundreds and an inability to remember more than 10% of what we heard or saw the previous day. Furthermore, the personality template that mindware puts together for us is blanketed with all of the factual specifics from our mindfile. While this is rocket science, it is rocket science that we can, and soon will, do. Mindware is a moon landing, and we did that in the sixties.
“Just because we are unique does not mean that we cannot be replicated. An original essay can still be copied. Mindware is a kind of duplicating machine for the mind. Because the mind is vastly more complex and less accessible than a document it is not something that can simply be optically scanned to replicate. Instead, to scan a mind one must scan and analyze the digital output of that mind – its mindfile – while iteratively generating a duplicate of that mind relying on associated databases of human universals and socio-cultural contexts. It does sound like an amazing piece of software, but no more amazing to us than would be our photocopying machines to Abraham Lincoln or our jumbo jets to the Wright Brothers. And software technology is advancing much more quickly today than machine technology was back then.” End quote
(Fred) This is great. Now we’re into hardware. She says, “Operating system software with mindware’s number of settings commonly run on laptop computers. The challenge is to write mindware so that it makes associations and interacts as does the human brain. This is not a challenge of possibility, but a challenge of practice, design and iterative improvement of approximations. Mindware is just really good software written for the purpose of replicating human thoughts and feelings.” End quote
(Linda) That was definitely inspiring. It might have been a little longer than most quotes we use on the podcast, but it would have taken you and I twice as long to explain all that!
(Fred) Now, I need to comment briefly on the foregoing content. The absolutely beautiful and elegant way Martine has described the emulation process to the point of achieving “Turing equivalence” had an enormously serious and legally significant purpose: To establish beyond any possible scientific dispute that the person emulated has so great a congruence with the person from whom derived that granting legal rights and ‘citizenship’ within the human community cannot be morally denied. But, the capacity for personal development and growth beyond that point will be virtually unrestricted.
That is to say, the emergent personality is not going to be ‘frozen’ into past defective or limiting characteristics such as argumentativeness, or anxieties, or doleful moods. Exactly the opposite will be the case. A cybercivilization will be capable of transcending past personality difficulties far more easily than any of we presently biological humans.
(Linda) Good point! Next week, we’ll find that a headquarters of Terasem does not exist, but multiple strong places must exist for safekeeping of souls. We’ll also look at how resurrected souls must be supported with infotechnology that enables painless emulation of their lives, we’ll look at the need for organic beings to be supported with cryogenic preservation technology until nanomedicine can restore them to health, neuro-scanned beings must have infotechnology that continues their migrated identities, including nanobot swarms for their movement, and the importance of giving cyberbirthed beings the same level of infotechnology support as all other beings in the strongholds.
(Fred) Sounds like a perfect time to invite listeners to find out how to join Terasem and be part of spreading these life-enhancing memes. It’s as easy as going to terasemfaith.net. And if you like the idea of being part of this sojourn into the future, without even any cost, start building your own mindfile at either CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com. Plus, if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.
(Linda) For those of you who love games, Mike Clancy, at Terasem, has created the new maze-based, mindfile game for the Android. It’s addictive because the difficulty ramps up quickly with multiple layers of challenges. While you are trying to build motor neurons inside a brain, plaques are obstructing your path and you have to avoid macrophages that are hunting you down!
(Fred) Here’s the premise from the introduction to the app: “You are an artificial intelligence charged with controlling a nanobot inside a human brain. The brain belongs to a person who has just been resuscitated after being cryonically stored for almost 50 years. You have been chosen because, ironically, the person being restored to life is the same person on whom you (the AI) were based! Their mannerisms, personality, recollections, feelings, beliefs, attitudes and values were recorded and stored with the CyBeRev project and later coupled with mindware to create your digital persona.” End quote Check it out on PersonalityMD.com.
(Linda) And I’d like to invite everyone to discover, if you haven’t already, my favorite blog: mindclones.blogspot.com. Martine Rothblatt will treat you to fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware that will take you far, far beyond what we are able to just sample lightly in these podcasts. And you can find the text version of these podcasts at truthsofterasem.wordpress.com.
(Fred) If you’ve been enjoying the music that we use on this podcast series, it’s called Earthseed. It’s the Terasem Anthem. It was written by Martine Rothblatt, who also plays the flute and the keyboard. If you’d like to experience that music in a video, with spectacular astronomical artwork, go to the Join! tab on the terasemfaith.net website.
(Linda) Join us, and our quest for an endless future…
(Fred) Come with us – into Tomorrow!
Closing music – no fade – full length.