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Randal Koene - Extending Life is Not Enough

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Published on Nov 2, 2012

http://2012.singularitysummit.com.au/...
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Biological Life Extension is Not Enough
This talk covers the motivation for human technological augmentation and reasons to go beyond biological life extension. 1. Biological Life-Extension is Not Enough Randal A. Koene Carboncopies.org 2. PERSONAL 3. No one wants to live longer just to live longer. Motivation informs Method. 4. Having an Objective, a Goal, requires that you have some notion of success. 5. Creating (intelligent) machines that have thecapabilities we do not -- is not as good as being able to experience them ourselves... Imagine... creating/playing music. Imagine... being the kayak.Imagine... perceiving the background radiation of the universe. 6. Is being out of the loop really your goal? 7. Near-term goals: Extended lives withoutexpanded minds are in conflict with creative development. 8. SOCIAL 9. Gene survival is extremely dependent on an environment -- it is unlikely to survive many changes.Worse... gene replication does not sustain that which we care most about! 10. Is CTGGAGTAC better than GTTGACTGAC?We are vessels for that game -- but for the last10,000 years something has been happening! 11. Certain future experiences are desirable, othersare not -- these are your perspectives, the memes you champion...Death keeps stealing our champions, our experts. 12. Too early to do uploading? - No! The big perspective is relevant now. We dont like myopic thinking in ourpoliticians, lets not be myopic about world issues ourselves. 13. SPECIES 14. Life-extension in biology may increase the fragility of our species & civilization... More people? - Resources. Less births? - Fewer novel perspectives. Expansion? - Environmental limitation. 15. Biological life-extension within the sameevolutionary niche = further specialization to the same performance "over-training" in conflict with generalization 16. Aubrey de Grey: Ultimately, desires "uploading" 17. TECHNICAL 18. Significant biological life-extension inincredibly difficult and beset by threats. Reality vs. popular perception. 19. Life-extension and Substrate-Independence are two different objectives 20. Developing out of a "catchment area" (S.Gildert) may demand iterations of exploration -- and exploration involves risk.Hard-wired delusions and drives. What wouldan AGI do? Which types of AGI would exist in the long run? 21. "Uploading" is just one step of many -- but anecessary step -- for a truly advanced species 22. Thank You carboncopies.orgrandal.a.koene@carboncopies.org 22

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Competition is an inescapable occurrence in the animate and even in the inanimate universe. To give our minds the flexibility to transfer and to operate in different substrates bestows upon our species the most important competitive advantage." I am a neuroscientist and neuroengineer presently participating in the ambitious and fascinating efforts of the well-funded nanotechnology startup Halcyon Molecular (http://halcyonmolecular.com) in Silicon Valley, and I head the organization carboncopies.org (http://carboncopies.org), which is the outreach and roadmapping organization for the development of substrate-independent minds (SIM).

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