Consciousness and the mind upload problem- a thorough critique

It is popular for people to talk about mind uploading as part of our future as humans. Mind uploading involves the storage and recreation of a mind in a computer. Many futurists believe that this will become a part of most people’s end of life strategy. By uploading your brain, you can avoid the certain death of your physical body. Some even think that it will become popular to upload our minds earlier in our lives, to allow advantages such as being able to exist in a simulated world, or to avoid unexpected accidental death. An uploaded brain might be able to store ‘save points’ where an individual can go back to if their¬†artificial¬†body is destroyed. Read More

Why we live in the most interesting time in human history ever.

We live in the most interesting time in human history ever. And by ever I don’t mean in the past, I also mean in the future. The reason why is because we live in a world where knowledge and technology has moved forward at such a great rate that a very minute proportion of the population is responsible for technologies that we use on a daily basis. I am of course talking about computers, and I think that once my generation dies, there will be close to zero understanding of how computers work, whatever form they may take in the future. Read More

Christmas causes colon cancer? No, it's just correlated.

Christmas Causes Colon Cancer? Google Correlate

A few days ago, Google released a new experimental service called Google Correlate. It is similar to Google Trends in that it analyses the numbers of times search terms are used on Google. The difference, as the name suggests, is that it allows you to find the correlations between different search terms. In simple terms, a correlation is used to show how often a high level of one thing is found at the same time as a high level of another. Correlation doesn’t necessarily mean that one thing causes the other, just that the 2 things are seen together at the same time. So the number of wrinkles counted on the forehead is correlated to the number of heart attacks someone has had. Wrinkles don’t cause heart attacks or vice versa. But there is a correlation between them (one increases as the other increases). Read More