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What Will the First Substrate-Independent Mind Look Like?

What Will the First Substrate-Independent Mind Look Like?

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

What Will the First Substrate Independent Mind Look Like? A Theoretical Projection Article by Michael Ulrich Whole Brain Emulation continues to gain traction in research and development. Whether it be in the advancements in neural prostheses, more precise connectomic mapping, or strictly in artificial intelligence; more effort is being focused on  engineering research instead of […]

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An Ecosystem for Emulated Minds

An Ecosystem for Emulated Minds

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

An Ecosystem for Emulated Minds A Topic Article by Michael Ulrich Human evolution has been directed by environmental conditions of Earth. As human beings, we need essential things from our environment to live such as breathable air, food and water, Earth-normal gravity and Earth-normal atmospheric pressure. These are things that all biological humans need to […]

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Why We Should Send Uploaded Astronauts On Interstellar Missions

Why We Should Send Uploaded Astronauts On Interstellar Missions

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

Why We Should Send Uploaded Astronauts On Interstellar Missions A Review of the Article by Giulio Prisco Sending people to planets beyond our solar system has been a growing interest for space exploration. The future colonization of an Earth-like planet is inevitably necessary for mankind’s long-term survival. A major milestone in advancing this endeavor was […]

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The Greatest Long-Term Threats Facing Humanity

The Greatest Long-Term Threats Facing Humanity

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

The Greatest Long-Term Threats Facing Humanity Blog Entry by Michael Ulrich: A review of the Perspective Article by Dr. Anders Sandberg It is no surprise that many of us are interested in mind uploading because of the idea of gaining immortality. Even if we don’t want to admit it, the desire to keep experiencing the […]

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How Pieces of Live Human Brain are Helping Scientists Map Nerve Cells

How Pieces of Live Human Brain are Helping Scientists Map Nerve Cells

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

How Pieces of Live Human Brain are Helping Scientists Map Nerve Cells A summary of the article by Laura Sanders reporting on the experimental project by Nick Dee When you think of how scientists study a piece of brain tissue it is easy to imagine them pulling a pale green mass out of an old […]

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Experimental Enhancement of Neurophysiological Function

Experimental Enhancement of Neurophysiological Function

Technical| Michael Ulrich  

Experimental Enhancement of Neurophysiological Function A summery of an opinion article by Diana Deca and Randal Koene Enhancing brain function has long been a desirable goal by neuroscientists and trans-humanists alike. Experimental procedures using drugs, sensorimotor stimulants, and neural prostheses have shown practical results demonstrating how neural activity can be stimulated directly through influences outside […]

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Is the Brain a Quantum Computer?

Is the Brain a Quantum Computer?

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

Is the Brain a Quantum Computer? A summary of an argumentative paper by Litt, Eliasmith, Kroon, Weinstein, and Thagard Consciousness, learning, perception, and memory are mental phenomena that are essential for defining the self and identity. With the rise of quantum computing, theorists have compared explaining mental phenomena to quantum computing in that non-local entanglement […]

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Restoration of Function After Brain Damage Using a Neural Prosthesis

Restoration of Function After Brain Damage Using a Neural Prosthesis

Technical| Michael Ulrich  

Restoration of Function After Brain Damage Using a Neural Prosthesis A summary of the proof-of-concept testing for repairing neural pathways using prostheses by Guggenmos, Azin, Barbay, Mahnken, Dunham, Mohensi, and Nudo Most often neural prosthesis are associated with giving people superhuman like abilities such as controlling machines by thought or adding the seemingly infinite information […]

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Single Neuron Dynamics and Computation

Single Neuron Dynamics and Computation

Technical| Michael Ulrich  

Single Neuron Dynamics and Computation An Article Review on Research in Neuron Plasticity and Dendritic Arbor Anatomy by Brunel, Hakim, and Richardson When looking at the inner workings of the brain at its most basic component, the neuron, forms the basis of the brain’s ability to send signals from one location to another. Neurons generate […]

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BrainFacts.org

BrainFacts.org

Easy Reading| Michael Ulrich  

BrainFacts.org A Review on the Public Information Initiative Website The human brain likely holds a place in the list of top ten marvels of the universe. It’s where we experience everything, and in that way it’s the place in which we live, and yet we still have much to understand about it. It’s no wonder […]

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