Silicon soul: The vain dream of electronic immortality

Nicolas P. Rougier 1, 2
1 Mnemosyne - Mnemonic Synergy
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, IMN - Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives [Bordeaux]
Abstract : "In just over 30 years, humans will be able to upload their entire minds to computers and become digitally immortal." – Ray Kurzweil, Global Futures 2045 International Congress (2013). Without even considering the ethical, philosophical, social or legal scope of such a statement, it’s important to consider if it actually makes any sense. To try to give an educated guess, we have to move away from computer science and look at what biology and neuroscience can teach us.
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Nicolas P. Rougier. Silicon soul: The vain dream of electronic immortality. The Conversation, The Conversation France, 2016. ⟨hal-01251718⟩

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