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In some quarters it is taken for granted that within a generation, human beings—including you, if you can hang on for another 30 years or so—will have an alternative to death: being a ghost in a machine. You'll be able to upload your mind—your thoughts, memories, and personality—to a computer. And once you've reduced your consciousness to patterns of electrons, others will be able to copy it, edit it, sell it, or pirate it. It...
 philosophy brain consciousness mind machine soul
Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. ... The nanobots, he said, would "make us smarter, remember things better and automatically go into full emergent virtual reality environments through the nervous system".

2008-02-16

 artificial intelligence intelligence computer machine future science
A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien "sentient machines".

2010-08-22

 alien extraterrestrial life SETI machine artificial intelligence