X-Message-Number: 5205
From:  (David Stodolsky)
Subject: Re: Mind Uploading -> No revival of cryonics patients
Date: Fri, 17 Nov 95 21:36:09 +0100

 (Brad Templeton) writes
> Subject: Mind Uploading -> No revival of cryonics patients
> Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:52:33 GMT
> I wonder if mind uploading would reduce the likelihood of revival of
> cryonics patients.
> Imagine that mind uploading becomes possible prior to nanotechnology.
> (I know some people think nano is the technology that would allow the scan
> but we don't really know much about this.)

This rumor has been circulating :-)
However, no one has ruled out x-ray holography. The last data presented
suggested that the brain would be cooked in the process, but then
wasn't this one fixation techniques suggested recently?
(I am not saying this is practical, but it hasn't be shown to be impossible).

> The ordinary people who are uploaded might be interested in some people from
> the past and go to upload them.  But only if they care about the physical
> world, and they work to develop the revival technology that nobody needs
> except the cryonics patients.    Cryonics assumes the revival technology
> will be extremely valuable to the mainstream world, and that this will pay
> for it.  Cyronics can't pay for it.   What if nobody important has a bio-body
> any more?   Or if they have them but switch between them and the non-bio
> form when they need to?   Who would pay for the development of revival
> technology?

Virtually every scrap of information that can be dug out of the ground,
found in ancient burial sites, printed on old scrolls, etc. is being
preserved. This info is then used to reconstruct the past history
of the human race (it is input for various battles being fought in
archeology and paleo-anthropology). As time goes on, this becomes easier
and more sophisticated. Cost is not likely to be a consideration in
the future. The need for this type of information is likely to increase
as uploaded researchers with nanosecond memory cycle times look for
new data.

Whether just the data is used, or persons are revived will depend
upon the ethics of the future. Current trends show an increasing respect
for the wishes of affected persons. If this continues, revival would
be inevitable.


David S. Stodolsky      Euromath Center     University of Copenhagen
   Tel.: +45 38 33 03 30   Fax: +45 38 33 88 80 (C)

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