Podcast No. 49 Posted 6/09/2011   Leave a comment

Podcast No. 49 Posted 6/09/2011

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TITLE:  Truths of Terasem – The “Where” of Terasem  3.7-3.7.6

SUB TITLE:  Resurrection technology.

SUMMARY: In this podcast 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, 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.

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

  (Fred)  Hi, we’re Fred & Linda Chamberlain, with podcast 49 on the Truths of Terasem.  Today, we’ll look at the way in which Terasem envisions survivability by the utmost synthesis of diversity and unity.  It’s implied by the very first part of this expansion, 3.7 “Headquarters of Terasem does not exist, but multiple strong places must exist for safekeeping of souls.”  The non existence of a “Headquarters” implies the impossibility of single-point failure, and in principle it implies that just as a human being’s biological identity cannot be destroyed unless every one of its cells is obliterated, Terasem’s expansion into a group of “strong places” means that it will gradually become more and more of an invulnerable entity.

(Linda)  That sounds a little like our earlier idea that if every member of LifePact had a copy of the video interview of each other member, each would be a backup for all of the others, in cases where memories could not be restored at the time of reanimation from cryostasis!

(Fred)  Exactly, except vastly more far-reaching in application.  You can say that Terasem’s strong places are fundamentally for the purpose of protecting mindfiles as a first priority, but soon we’ll see that the term “strong places” includes implied capacities to support high levels of functional cyberconsciousness, and eventually to bring about the emergence of self-conscious mindclones.  That’s equivalent, by comparison with cryonics, to reanimation.  Our video files were preserving identity, but totally dependent upon the recovery or generation of complex biological substrates.  We were pretty sure we could get back our biological bodies by cloning them, but recovering the contents of our minds were far more problematical; in fact, that’s still the most uncertain aspect of cryonics.

(Linda)  Moving to the detailed level, 3.7.1 tells us, “Strong places require independent power, spare parts, maintenance, water, food, defense and communications.”  That sounds like it fits in with your suggestions about where this is going.  And, it also fits our ideas about using caves, doesn’t it?

(Fred)  Yes!  As Life Members of the National Speleological Society, we’re more aware than ever of the potential for natural caverns to be interesting protective locations for “strong places”.  They are very stable, geologically, and portions of them can easily be made inaccessible.  One interesting conjecture would be to purchase commercial caverns and expand their use in this way, devoting various portions of them to educational dioramas about cyberconsciousness.  Some of those enterprises, although they don’t command enough income to make them large scale investments, have miles of passageway that are virtually impossible to detect from the surface.  The very pursuit of such forms of development might help raise public consciousness to the fact that it is nearly certain personal cyberconsciousness will soon be a fact of reality, and that those who foresee this are taking action, already.

(Linda)  Terasem does not stop there.  The Truths for this week continue with 3.7.2 “Transplant Terasem strongholds throughout space as rapidly as possible.”  Even a simple satellite TV orbital vehicle could be fitted, by contract, with an immense-capacity yet very compact data storage center for the purpose of backing up mindfiles, and once the time comes when stationary orbital platforms of all kinds can be planned to serve this purpose, that sounds reasonable.

One can even picture a time when a way to piggyback on interplanetary landing vehicles could be made to work.  For example, the Mars Rovers deployed in 2003 got there at a mission cost of $820 million, with a total payload weight for the two launches of 2,126 kg.  The price of a    1 kg relatively passive piece of extra payload would have come out to be just about $385,700.00.

If this one kg payload on a mission five years from now contained flash memories at memory densities/weights projected at that time for one thousand mindfiles, fully encrypted, with simple means for readout to verify data integrity over a period of many years after landing, then the price per individual mindfile would be about $386, or less than forty dollars each if 10,000 mindfiles were aboard.  Today, a SanDisk – Ultra 32GB Secure Digital (SD) Class 4 Memory Card weighs in at one tenth of an ounce, costs less than $100, and both its cost and its 2.8 gram weight probably vastly exceed what those will become over the next 5-10 years.

(Fred)  It’s interesting to speculate if NASA would accept a payload of this kind, as an engineering experiment to demonstrate long-term memory for landing vehicles on distant planets, especially if part or all of the experiment were privately supported by subscriptions?  I’d bet they would!  The encrypted data, or test zones in the experiment that were not encrypted at all, would give them important information on what data degradation was experienced over time.

Conversely, by a certain degree of redundancy in data, errors and fallout in the actual mindfiles could be made very small.  By the time such an experiment were open to subscription, perhaps five or ten years from now, half the probe’s design team and mission operating people might have subscribed and have their own mindfiles on board.  If nothing else, this little conceptual side-trip illustrates how close we are to seeing the practicality of off-planet “strong place” backups.

(Linda)  We return to Earth now, with 3.7.3  “Resurrected souls must be supported with infotechnology that enables painless emulation of their lives.”  How do we find out about that?  How would we know if there was some kind of pain experienced by an emulated being?

(Fred)   Perhaps a volunteer like me could consent to being a test probe.  If you emulated me and it hurt, I’d cry out, “Terrible pain – shut me down!”  There would be an instant anesthetic, in that case.  More realistically, pain implies a neurological process that’s detectable and thus preventable, except as a controlled warning of possible damage.

If we’re talking strictly about mindfile emulation, then this Truth might mean that we learn enough about how feedback loops produce instabilities to avoid the equivalence of depression or anger in emulated personalities.  If we were to model mindfile emulated personalities along the lines of biological brains at a wiring-diagram level, we would no doubt soon be able to see how our brains manage conceptual material at a block-diagram level, and avoid traps such as obsessive-compulsive loops and stalling out on conundrums such those that troubled religious philosophies ever since questions about creation of the universe arose.

(Linda)  Like, “If God created the universe, then who created God?”

(Fred)  Yes!  People have historically driven themselves crazy with ideas like that.  One could even pose such a ridiculous proposition as, “Suppose two plus two equaled seven?  How can we make sense of that?”  As if it were sensible to even ask such a pair of questions.  We should be able to keep our cyberbrains free of such self-befuddlements.  I suspect one of the first lessons we will teach ourselves as infant cyberpersonalities will be a near-perfect command of symbolic logic; then we will see silliness for what it is very quickly, in an almost intuitive way.  We’ll be a lot more sane, that way, than with our present very erratic biological brains.

(Linda)  Moving on, 3.7.4 says, “Organic beings must be supported with cryogenic preservation technology until nanomedicine can restore them to health.”  Let’s take a very quick look at the websites of three cryonics organizations, KrioRus  (spelled k-r-i-o-r-u-s) in Eurasia, and  the Alcor Life Extension Foundation and the Cryonics Institute in the USA:

From KrioRus, at: http://www.kriorus.ru/en: (quote):

Cryonics – a reasoned choice of a modern man


Cryonics is the practice of preserving the body or head / brain of human after legal death in a state of deep freeze, with a view to his recovery and cure (including the effects of aging) in the future, when medical and other technologies allow it.

From Alcor, at: http://www.alcor.org: (quote):

What Cryonics Is

Cryonics is a speculative life support technology that seeks to preserve human life in a state that will be viable and treatable by future medicine. It is expected that future medicine will include mature nanotechnology, and the ability to heal at the cellular and molecular levels.

What Cryonics Is Not

Cryonics as practiced by Alcor is not an interment method or mortuary practice. Alcor intervenes in the dying process as soon as possible after legal death to preserve the brain as well as possible. Alcor seeks to prevent loss of information within the brain that encodes memory and personality identity, which is the true boundary between life and death.”

From the Cryonics Institute, at http://www.cryonics.org:

“Your Last Best Chance For Life–and Your Family’s.

The Cryonics Institute offers cryopreservation services and information. As soon as possible after legal death, a member patient is infused with a substance to prevent ice formation, cooled to a temperature where physical decay essentially stops, and is then maintained indefinitely in cryostasis (that is, stored in liquid nitrogen). When and if future medical technology allows, our member patients hope to be healed, rejuvenated, revived, and awakened to a greatly extended life in youthful good health, free from disease or the aging process.”

(Fred)  In a  posting on blogs.forbes.com, on April 12, 2011, Alex Knapp expressed his view as follows:

“I don’t think that the leap of faith represented by cryonics is a bad thing. Even if it never works, I admire it as a symbolism of optimism — a belief that future humans will be smart enough to conquer death and compassionate enough to revive the frozen.”

(Linda)  I think it’s great that media coverage regarding cryostasis is gradually becoming more intelligent and accepting of individual choice.  Knapp’s comment about hoping that future humans will be compassionate enough to revive cryonauts points out the importance of the ideas you and I have been putting forth for several decades, that we will need powerful and trustworthy guardians while in cryostasis.

When we found out about Terasem and its CyBeRev project, we could see that it would be possible to place our reliance on cyber-emulations of our own minds, self-conscious reflections of ourselves in virtual reality that would have command of all our earlier thinking, as well as all that had transpired meanwhile.  Inspiring, to say the least!

(Fred)  We wrote a paper and gave a presentation on this subject at the 5th Annual Colloquium on the Law of Futuristic Persons on December 10, 2009 at the Terasem Island Amphitheatre in Second Life.  We summed it up this way:

“Terasem and groups with which it is allied could provide a vital and badly needed safety network for cryonauts.  Terasem has already developed a way for individuals to upload their bemes in anticipation of creating cybertwins.  The Terasem Truths are the beginnings of an entirely new social fabric for humankind.  With the creative technological expertise, ethical approach and legal knowledge of those developing Terasem, a platform could be developed for cybertwins to be legally empowered as Trustees and Reanimation Surrogates for cryonauts.

“It’s a beautifully helical process.  You input the bemes that create your cybertwin, your counterpart in cyberspace.  He or she is better qualified to understand how you want your affairs to be managed than any biohuman alternative.  Who has greater motivation based on self-interest to see that your wishes are carried out?   Who else would be able the make the kinds of decisions you would want made, in scenarios you might not have foreseen before your suspension?

“What happens, and it is like pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, you as the biotwin upload data and appear in cyberspace as your cybertwin.  Your cybertwin helps upload you into cyberspace, the two of you becoming an entity that might be called a “hyperbeing”, an extension of the kind of entity Dr. Cauller has described as “a completely new form of conscious being”, as mentioned earlier.

“Who are we?  What will we become?

“As Carl Sagan so poetically puts it in his book Cosmos and the PBS television series of the 1980’s by the same name:  “We are the local embodiment of a Cosmos grown to self-awareness.  We have begun to contemplate our origins:  star stuff pondering the stars.”

(Linda)  There it is again!  My favorite quote from Carl Sagan!  Time to move on.  In 3.7.5 we find, “Neuro-scanned beings must have infotechnology that continues their migrated identities, including nanobot swarms for their movement.”  Here, we’re clearly talking about brain-map uploading, like your story “Nothing’s Impossible” in LifeQuest, except that it’s implied that a biological brain might be replicated as a nanobot swarm.  Would that be the most practical way to do something like that?

(Fred)  I doubt it!  Whatever the behavior of a neuron emulated by nanobots might be, it should be far simpler to use an equivalent circuit with nano-circuitry, but it’s an interesting conjecture.  We’ll probably do that just to demonstrate it can be done, and then measure how it compares with an “Identity Module” as presupposed in “Nothing’s Impossible” that was more purely electronic.  If there’s an advantage to doing things that way, we’ll no doubt follow that path.  We’re far enough from exploring fine technology of that kind to say that almost all of the tradeoffs lie ahead.  But, diversity requires we don’t overlook any promising pathways, and that’s what this Truth is all about.

(Linda)  Kenneth Hayworth, at Harvard University, is a vocal advocate for brain preservation and mind uploading.  At brainpreservation.org, he calls for the implementation of an Emergency Glutaraldehyde Perfusion procedure in hospitals, and for the development of a Whole Brain Plastic Embedding procedure which can demonstrate perfect ultrastructure preservation across an entire human brain.  In 2010 at the H+ Summit, he gave a presentation entitled: Can we extract a mind from a plastic-embedded brain?  That’s a promising technology for bypassing the need for such expensive and difficult technologies as cryogenic preservation. Here’s the summary given on the H+ website at hplussummit.com/hayworth.html:

“We now have a good working theory of consciousness – the phenomenal self model (Metzinger 2009), and we have a good understanding of the human cognitive architecture (Anderson 2007) within which this self model is implemented. The key components of this cognitive architecture are declarative memory chunks and productions – thought to be implemented as stable attractors in the neural networks of the cortex and basal ganglia. According to neural network theory, such stable attractors are robustly defined by the synaptic connectivity between neurons. In small pieces of tissue such synaptic connectivity is easily preserved using chemical fixation and embedding in plastic, and it should be relatively easy to adapt these protocols into a surgical procedure performed in hospitals to preserve whole human brains.

“Such plastic embedded brain tissue can be imaged at the nanometer level using new automated techniques (SBFSEM, FIBSEM, Tape-to-SEM), and we can directly extrapolate these techniques to future ones that will enable all the synaptic connections within a human brain to be mapped allowing a fully accurate simulation of the original preserved mind. In short, we have a complete sketch of how mind uploading will work and we have a mandate to implement emergency brain preservation in hospitals for all who desire access to this future technology.”

(Fred)  I’d suspect that if he reached the stage of offering a procedure for brain preservation, most who subscribed would specify that the kind of slicing and scanning used to demonstrate feasibility would be deferred in the prospect of nondestructive scanning, or use of nanotech to map at a later time.  That might enable the elimination of the step of plastinizing and reduce costs as well as improve structural preservation and maintenance of molecular integrity.  And, whether you choose to have your brain preserved by cryonics techniques, chemopreservation, or plastination, you will eventually want some kind of ultra-useful avatar that goes way beyond anything these old fashioned and highly limited biobodies can offer, so that’s where nanobot swarm bodies take center stage.  If you haven’t made up your mind yet as to which of these alternatives makes the most sense to you, we’ll give you those websites again so you can do some of that “education persistently” stuff:  Have a look, if you’re inclined, at:

kriorus.ru/en                brainpreservation.org

alcor.org            and   cryonics.org             

(Linda)  Time to wrap it up.   3.7.6 says, “Give cyberbirthed beings the same level of infotechnology support as all other beings in the strongholds.”  From what I see coming, I think that by the time another decade or two passes and we have what the Truths refer to as strongholds, at least ninety percent of those there, perhaps over 98 percent, are going to be candidates for cyberbirthing vs. brain-map uploading, and even those who have preserved brains in cryostasis or chemostasis are likely to choose cybertwinning to turn loose a ‘twin’ of theirs as a cyberpersonality to watch out for their preserved brain structure and contribute to the growth of the cybercivilization that’s likely to be the baseline arrival point for almost all of Humankind.  So, this particular Truth has to be a five-star rating, right?

(Fred)  Absolutely.  Next week, we’ll look at an ideally delightful and blissful cyberspace reality, an Elysium Fields.  We will see why empowerment and dispersion of this is a fundamental purpose of life within Terasem, as well as ensuring that emulated lives and emulated environments survive even existential catastrophes.

(Linda)  Find out more about joining Terasem at terasemfaith.net. “Waking up in cyberspace” 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.   For those who can’t afford cryostasis at this time, the most practical approach to identity preservation is to have a mindfile plus a biofile (your DNA).  Go to truthsofterasem.wordpress.com and take the BioFile tab for additional information on the cell storage program. The program not only includes indefinite storage of the cells, but they are cultured for viability to verify that indeed, ‘living cells’ are being stored. In the second link, there is an additional link to VWR which describes the ‘cutting edge’ cell preservation compound (the cryoprotectant) used.

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

(Linda)  And if you still need to blow a few more of your neurons, go to  mindclones.blogspot.com for fascinating discussions about mindclones, mindfiles and mindware.  And if you want to read the text of our podcasts, to help to dig deeper into the details, or 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 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 inspiring 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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