Podcast No. 45 Posted 5/23/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 45 Posted 5/23/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.3 – 3.3.6

SUB TITLE:  The art of emulating consciousness.

SUMMARY:  Today we delve into enriching diversity by preserving consciousness.  We will see that emulation of all good lives will be done because it will enrich diversity and be easier to the future than producing entertainment is today.  We will also see that helping others create their cyber-selves is both an act of kindness and a work of art.

Music  – “Earthseed” fades out, as the voice recording begins.

(Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 45 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today we’ll be talking about humanity moving into cybercivilization by way of cyberemulation of biological human beings, which will be about as easy as hitching a ride on a busy highway in a future society where everyone loves and trusts everyone.

(Linda)  How long do we have to wait for that future society?  Some people believe that evil will persist forever?  And, how can we talk about moving into cybercivilization by way of emulation?  Isn’t an emulation just a ‘copy’ of you?

(Fred)  That future society is taking shape right now, although on the basis of size alone its more like an early stage embryo than a fetus.  Every time we find someone new in Terasem we relate to strongly, it’s like a new ‘hitchhiking connection’ took place.  As far as evil persisting forever, forever is a long time, but evil is going to disappear gradually.  The future society, however, is going to be like the delivery end of one of those six stage water filters.  Evil will be filtered out at some point on the way in and go into the drain line.  It will still be there, but not where it can disturb the environment at the end of the filtration line.

‘Moving’ by emulation is conceptually no different from the idea that so many people relate to without any mental qualms at all: the Star Trek transporter.  Clearly, between the origin and the destination, nothing is in motion but information.  There is an assumption of a perfect rebuild, but clearly what comes out is a copy.  Yet, people intuitively see that it’s something that can be done, and the only question in their minds is not ‘whether’, but ‘how’.

The one thing Star Trek has treated with great delicacy is the question of a copying process where both the original and the ‘transported’ person still exist.  They have explored this enigma in many of their stories, but have carefully avoided having them both as crew members at the end.  It raises so many questions that going too far might lead to identity questions becoming more the centerpiece of the entire show, than exploring the universe.

Luckily, those who want to explore these questions are not left hanging.  In her blog at mindclones.blogspot.com, Martine Rothblatt has delved into so many of the dimensions of this, that one could spend years just thinking about what she has said there.

(Linda)  That’s sure true!  This week’s Truths begin with 3.3 “Emulation of all good lives will be done because it will enrich diversity and be easy.”  We could debate what a ‘good’ life would be like, but it may be easier based on what’s been said earlier to talk about a ‘non-evil’ life, since we’ve said that evil may be ‘filtered out’.  Does that mean that people are not going to be emulated, if they’re evil?

(Fred)  Not where they can harm good lives!  Just like we pasteurize milk to avoid harmful bacteria, we can emulate whatever can be cleaned up to where it’s not poisonous.  Now, theoretically, we can talk about emulating evil if we think of a high-level bio-containment facility where even the most deadly strains can be contained, but carrying that to the level of human personalities requires some thought.  What makes a deadly strain ‘deadly’?  Isn’t it right there in the DNA, somewhere?  If we can locate the biological source of the poison in the DNA, maybe there’s a way to make a safe organism anyway, and release it into the general environment, but it’s going to be tricky.  You wouldn’t start there.  That would come later, perhaps much later.

To raise that to a level of sentience, if you can determine that someone has a problem that interferes with consciousness, meaning a pretty terrible lack of compassion and/or ethical orientation, then a choice to emulate would probably depend on a high level of confidence that you could provide that person with an opportunity for happiness and feeling of being part of future society.

Such a choice is probably not a black and white sort of decision process, but more a matter of time.  Eventually, a great many people who initially are beyond our capacity to help may later seem to be really ready and it will be very hopeful that emulation would lead to a good quality of life for them.  But, there will be a progressive learning process, not one that brings everyone into the cybercommunity at the same time.

(Linda)  3.3.1 tells us, “Enrich diversity by preserving consciousness.”  The more people we can take along, the better.  And 3.3.2 is even more along that line, with “Never say good-bye to deceased loved ones because you will see them again in cyberspace.”  The key point here is the word ‘love’.  If you loved them, then deep in your mind are not just memories of them and what you did together, but how you felt about them and how they seemed to feel about you.  From that alone, there may be enough to ‘bring them back’ at some point in the future, though that time may be uncertain.

(Fred)  We already emulate people in our minds, imagining conversations with them.  The better we knew and loved them, the easier it is, and such conversations might go on at great length.  Once we are in cyberspace and are able to ‘record’ such conversations, as if they had actually taken place, such ‘remembered’ conversations could become part of a synthetic mindfile that both we and the emulated person recall, as if it had happened, even though more than anything else it might be a fantasy.  It would at least capture how we felt about them, if they were to have said a certain thing, and thus become part of the foundation for the future.  We are just at the very first baby steps down the road toward discovering what is possible.

(Linda)  Here is 3.3.3 “Realize that cyber-resurrection will be easier to the future than producing entertainment is today.”  That sounds a great deal like what you just said, and with that in mind, I think we can take it as a reasonable conjecture, or “Truth”, as we are accustomed to calling them.  In her mindclones blog on Sunday, March 20, 2011, titled: “Won’t Mindclones just be for the rich and famous?” Martine Rothblatt says:

“1987 was the first year in which one billion people boarded airline flights.  In that year the world’s population hit 5 billion, meaning approximately 20% of all people experienced a fantastic luxury not available to history’s wealthiest monarchs.  By 2005 two billion people were boarding airliners each year, and the world’s population had grown to 6.5 billion.  In the short span of years between 1987 and 2005, airline flight grew from being a right of 20% to a right of 31% of humanity, from barely a fifth to almost a third.  Even assuming more frequent flights by the wealthier, this is startling evidence of the democratization of technology.

“1987 was also noteworthy as the first year mobile phone sales hit one million units.  A tool for the rich?  Twenty-two years later, in 2009, half the world’s population owned their own mobile phone.  From one million to three billion in 22 years.  Even assuming some rich people have two or more mobiles, this is undeniable evidence of the democratization of technology.

“As with flying and phoning, so it will be with mindcloning.  At first just a few.  Almost overnight it will be almost everyone.  Technology democratizes.  That’s what it does.  I can’t think of a technology that does not democratize.  Heart transplants?  The first was in 1967, and currently thousands of poor and middle class people are getting them each year, mostly in countries such as the United States (including at least one impoverished prisoner), but also countries such as Vietnam and India (where the first recipient was the wife of a handkerchief vendor).  The improvement of eyesight?  Eyeglasses are almost universally available, and in wealthier countries even those in the lowest wealth deciles of the population routinely wear contact lenses or have corrective eye surgery.”

(Fred)  What might seem implausible today may too often turn out to be an under-estimate of what’s just around the corner.  3.3.4, following the way we’ve described generating mindfiles for those we love, so as to give them a starting point, says “Imagination unravels time.”

Let’s say we’re trying to remember conversations we might have had with our parents about many things that happened, things they might have said, what we might have responded, and so forth.  We’re not just talking here about purely imaginary conversations we might have had, but ones we’re sure actually happened.

How sure are we that our memories are correct?  If there were audio recordings of such conversations, it might be entirely different, but if our parents were here and we both tried to remember such things, how much more accurate might it be?  A little, perhaps, but only a little better than we might guess on our own.

Notwithstanding that, if we reenact many of those recalled conversations with our parents in our mind as best we can and record it, so that it is the way we can most clearly remember it, and then contribute that to their mindfiles for use in emulation, how different is that from recalling such a conversation for our own mindfiles?  No more or less accurate, in one case or the other.  One could argue that we might be taking their feelings into account, more than if it were simply a memory of our own, but if we do so conscientiously with the intent to remember as well as we can, are  we not recapturing the past, for us both, in a constructive way?

This Truth says, “Imagination unravels time.”  And, like the character Paul in Dune says at one point in the movie, “I see the truth of it!”

(Linda)  In 3.3.5 we find, “Creating your cyber-self accelerates your joyful immortality.”  Depending on how we look at “acceleration” if we experience subjective time in cyberspace ten times more rapidly than biological humans, so that we ‘live’ ten years in cyberspace for every one year in the real time of the physical world, indeed we have “accelerated” our joyful immortality.

Finally, in 3.3.6 the Truth is, “Helping others create their cyber-selves is both an act of kindness and a work of art.”  In helping others gather and upload mindfiles of their own, leading to activation of mindfiles based solely on their recollections, we are being ‘kind’, that is certainly sure, but when we recall our shared memories and discuss them in a way that contributes even more, we are selectively picking the most uplifting of them, and probably shading it all toward the best light in which to remember each past event.  That is as much art as it is to try to remember what a rose looked like in the flower garden this morning, and then paint an image of it onto canvas.  Ray Kurzweil in The Singularity is Near, puts it this way:

“Knowledge is precious in all its forms: music, art, science, and technology, as well as the embedded knowledge in our bodies and brains.  Any loss of knowledge is tragic.

“Information is not knowledge.  The world is awash in information, it is the role of intelligence to find and act on the salient patterns.  For example, we have hundreds of megabits of information flowing through our senses every second, the bulk of which is intelligently discarded.  It is only the key recognitions and insights (all forms of knowledge) that we retain.  Thus intelligence selectively destroys information to create knowledge.”

(Fred)  Yes, I can see how important the artistic process is to effectively picking the most appropriate mindfile stuff to preserve, in order to create the best emulation of a person!

(Linda)  Next week we will see that since avoidable pain caused in emulated reality is as cruel as causing pain in original reality, vicious people will not be cyber-resurrected in that cruel state.  Resurrected cyberlives will live in a ‘heaven’, which is a hyper-detailed emulation virtually equivalent to ‘nirvana’.  And, happily, this will happen sooner than one might think!

(Fred)  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. Making cyberspace part of your future can be pursued by way of CyBeRev.org or LifeNaut.com, no fees to participate.  And if you want to preserve your DNA very inexpensively, you can do that at LifeNaut.com, too.

(Linda)  Again, and we can’t say it often enough, big kudos to Mike Clancy, at Terasem, who created the addictive mindfiles game for the Android. The multiple layers of the game ramp up the challenge very quickly as you try to build motor neurons, but encounter plaques that obstruct your path and you have to dodge macrophages that are hunting you down.  Check it out at PersonalityMD.com.

(Fred)  Here’s the premise from the introduction to the app: “You are an artificial intelligence charged with controlling a nanobot inside the brain of a person who has just been resuscitated after being in cryostasis 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.”

(Linda) And if you still have a few neurons you’d like to expand, go to   mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  If you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help to dig deeper into the details, and maybe find websites that you weren’t able to write down, go to 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.

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Posted April 24, 2011 by Truths of Terasem - Podcasts in Uncategorized

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