Upgrading this mortal coil

Ray Kurzweil has been saying stuff like this for quite a while now:

In Kurzweil’s estimation, we will be able to upload the human brain to a computer, capturing “a person’s entire personality, memory, skills and history”, by the end of the 2030s; humans and non-biological machines will then merge so effectively that the differences between them will no longer matter; and, after that, human intelligence, transformed for the better, will start to expand outward into the universe, around about 2045.

This is, I hasten to note, way in advance of the timetable set by Zager and Evans, which doesn’t anticipate flesh becoming superfluous until some time after 3535.

Still, in 2039 I’ll be eighty-six years old. If I’m still around then, I hope there’s enough left to be worth uploading.

(Via the incredibly-youthful Ed Driscoll.)


  1. McGehee »

    30 September 2009 · 10:12 am

    Tomorrow will be Jimmy Crater’s 85th birthday, but I wouldn’t judge based on that one bad example.

  2. fillyjonk »

    30 September 2009 · 10:31 am

    And you just KNOW it’s going to be people like Paris Hilton and Kanye West whose “personalities” get preserved in the Giant Hive-Mind.

    That said, the whole idea of the thing makes me hope that either it doesn’t come to pass, or there’s some kind of opt-out ability when it comes time for me to exit, stage left.

  3. Lynn »

    30 September 2009 · 10:19 pm

    Weeeellll…. It’s not quite as good as living for several thousand years and having the body of a 30 year old, which is what I really want, but if I can still have access to the Internet I’ll take it.

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